New Brus­sels sus­pect hunted

Man who fled air­port as sui­cide bombers struck is iden­ti­fied

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE

Bel­gian pros­e­cu­tors have is­sued an ar­rest war­rant for a new sus­pect in the at­tacks on the Brus­sels air­port and sub­way as au­thor­i­ties moved to clean up dam­age caused by the ex­plo­sions.

The fed­eral prose­cu­tor's of­fice said yes­ter­day that a war­rant has been is­sued for a man only iden­ti­fied as Fay­cal C. He is wanted for “in­volve­ment in a ter­ror­ist group, ter­ror­ist killings and at­tempted ter­ror­ist killings,” the state­ment said. A raid was con­ducted at his home, but no arms or ex­plo­sives were found, pros­e­cu­tors said. Bel­gian me­dia re­ported that a man called Fay­cal Ch­ef­fou has been iden­ti­fied as the man sus­pected of flee­ing Brus­sels air­port af­ter two al­leged ac­com­plices blew them­selves up there.

The de­vel­op­ments came as Brus­sels air­port of­fi­cials moved to as­sess the dam­age caused by twin ex­plo­sions at the ter­mi­nal last Tues­day.

The move also came as the coun­try’s in­te­rior min­is­ter ap­pealed to Brus­sels res­i­dents not to rally today in sol­i­dar­ity for the vic­tims of Tues­day's at­tacks, say­ing police are too stretched.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Jan Jam­bon said he was not de­mand­ing that the rally be can­celled, al­though he “in­vited cit­i­zens not to have this demon­stra­tion.”

He said: “We un­der­stand fully the emo­tions. We un­der­stand that ev­ery­one wants to ex­press these feel­ings.”

A man has been cleared of in­cit­ing racial ha­tred on Twit­ter af­ter the bomb­ings in Brus­sels.

Matthew Doyle of south Lon­don had been sched­uled for a court hear­ing yes­ter­day be­cause of anti-Mus­lim tweets.

The 46-year-old was charged on Fri­day, but a police state­ment later said Doyle “is no longer charged with the of­fence and will not be ap­pear­ing in court.”

The state­ment hinted that police may have over­stepped their au­thor­ity: “Police may not make charg­ing de­ci­sions on of­fences un­der Sec­tion 19 of the Pub­lic Or­der Act,” it said.

Un­der Bri­tish law, cases in­volv­ing “in­cite­ment of racial ha­tred” have to be re­viewed by spe­cial­ist lawyers and ap­proved by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice.

Bri­tish law pro­tects free speech but does not al­low in­cite­ment of racial ha­tred. The di­vid­ing line can be dif­fi­cult to draw as stir­ring up racial “ten­sions” is per­mis­si­ble but pro­vok­ing racial “ha­tred” is not.

Doyle’s tweets the day af­ter the Brus­sels at­tacks claimed 31 lives de­scribed how he con­fronted a Mus­lim woman in south Lon­don about the car­nage.

When she told him the at­tacks had noth­ing to do with her, he crit­i­cised her re­sponse as “mealy-mouthed”. He later used an anti-Mus­lim slur to de­scribe her.

His tweets drew wide at­ten­tion and were mocked by many.

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