Belgian Army Cannot Expel Jihadists from its Ranks - 17 January 2013

People belonging to extremist movements can easily serve in the Belgian army. The defence minister Pieter De Crem has no legal basis for expelling soldiers because of their Salafist convictions, said the De Morgen newspaper on Thursday.

A few weeks ago, however, the minister had promised that extremists would be shown the door. "Any Salafism at the heart of the defence department will not be tolerated and will lead irrevocably to dismissal," he had indicated to the defence commission after it was announced that were around a dozen soldiers with radical islamist convictions at the heart of the military intelligence service. (continue reading...)