The Marengo criminal trial, with Ridouan T. as the main suspect, will be resumed on Monday.

Again, it threatens not to be about the content, but about all the problems surrounding star witness Nabil B. What exactly is going on?

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The problems had been going on for months, but became concrete on May 26 with the statement from the key witness that he no longer wanted to explain.

First, the security around his person and that of his family had to be better organized, otherwise he will remain silent.

Nabil B. has an agreement with the State in which he receives a penalty in exchange for his statements when it comes to the sentence.

Justice has determined that it would normally require 24 years for the facts of which the crown witness is suspected.

That would be twelve years now.

B. has now suspended this agreement.

There were no direct consequences for the process yet.

The court chose the path of least resistance.

That was to continue discussing the liquidations in which B.'s statements do not play a major or decisive role according to the court.

In addition, the process is still long and B. could always be heard later.

There was no need, it was said.

Partly because the suspects invoked their right to remain silent, the murders of Ronald Bakker (2015), Abderrahim Belhadj (2016), Samir Erraghib (2016), Martin Kok (2016) and the failed attack on Khalid B. (2016) and the preparation of the murder of Mustapha F. (2016) dealt with quickly.

Apart from some loose remarks, Ridouan T.

Apart from some loose remarks, Ridouan T.

Photo: Adrien Stanziani

The problem just got bigger

The situation is different now that the trial has come to the handling of the misdemeanor murder of Hakim Changachi in 2017 and the preparation of the murder of the actual target, Khalid H. The key witness is also a suspect in these cases and is therefore required to appear.

But again there is a problem.

Apart from the situation that still plays out between the Public Prosecution Service and the key witness, B.'s lawyers said that there are "very pressing personal circumstances".

It would be a medical situation of such a nature that B. is not able to testify as a suspect or as a witness.

The difference is that as a suspect you do not have to explain, but as a key witness you do have to answer questions.

B.'s lawyers proposed to explain all this behind closed doors, not even in the presence of the lawyers of the co-defendants.

Until now, these lawyers had mainly reacted grumbling to the absence of the key witness.

But with this proposal of the defense of B. the limit was reached.

Again the key witness would be kept away from them.

It was time for him to fulfill his obligation and that is explained, was the unequivocal opinion.

The court again chose not to exaggerate.

B. could also explain later, because the process still takes a long time.

The request for an explanation behind closed doors was rejected, resulting in a challenge from the crown witness.

A so-called challenge chamber ruled on Tuesday that there was no question of bias on the part of the court and that the trial can be resumed on Monday with the same judges.

Situation seems unchanged

That hearing is again intended to discuss the cases involving Changachi and Khalid H., but there is little doubt that it will be on the fringe cases first.

The situation is unchanged.

When asked, one of the lawyers for the crown witness said that he did not want to discuss the medical situation, but would address the court on Monday.

Meanwhile, the lawyers of the co-defendants are sharpening their knives, because a continuation of this impasse will not be accepted.

They suspect a tactical game by the crown witness, among other things to stay away from the contents of an iPhone that B. had in a cell for a period.

The police have also succeeded in recovering the deleted messages and the court has decided that the defense may see them.

It concerns communication with which the lawyers would like to confront B..

In the background, the video of Martin Kok that was found on yet another B phone is also slumbering. brought out the news that those images have been in the possession of the Public Prosecution Service for some time, but the key witness is not yet with the information. face movie.

Lawyers are particularly curious whether the key witness knew more about the imminent murder of Kok than was told so far.

How long does the agreement last?

In the meantime, the sustainability of the agreement between the key witness and the Public Prosecution Service also plays a role.

How long is the judiciary willing to keep these afloat at all costs?

The statements B. has made so far remain useful for evidence.

In addition, the decrypted PGP messages are just as important and perhaps more important when it comes to the case against Ridouan T.

B.'s lawyers have already announced that the key witness considers the safety of his family more important than the agreement.

Now that the medical problems have also been added, the question that will mainly be asked on Monday is: what next?