British student tortured in Brussels by Belgian police, says lawyer
A lawyer for a British student who claims he was beaten and humiliated by police in Belgium has accused officers of torture.*
Elliot Meredith from Cheshire said he thought he was going to die at Saint-Gilles police station in Brussels.
The Belgian prosecutor has opened two investigations - one into the torture allegation - and another into a claim that Mr Meredith assaulted a policeman.
St Gilles, Anderlecht and Forest police would not comment during the inquiry.
Mr Meredith, 21, said he was subjected to two hours of physical and mental attacks, before being forced to give a verbal false confession saying he had pushed an officer.
In the flow of conversation here, I thought I’d add this story; possibly mild compared to the others. It shows law enforcement misconduct could happen everywhere which no one would deny. A lot of open questions actually remain on this case.