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European Cup Final, Brussels

Volume 82: debated on Wednesday 10 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to ensure that all British football fans arrested in Brussels before, during and after the Liverpool v. Juventus match in Brussels are properly represented; and if he will request the Belgian Government to send such arrested fans to Britain to stand trial.

The five football fans awaiting trial in Brussels were all arrested before the match. They will be legally represented. One has engaged a lawyer privately and the court has already assigned lawyers to the others. Since the offences with which they are charged (theft or violent behaviour) occurred in Belgium and are not ones over which English courts have extraterritorial jurisdiction, the accused will have to stand trial in Belgium.