Belgium to ‘isolate’ Muslims who may radicalize others

BRUSSELS: Belgian authorities said Saturday they plan to separate prisoners deemed at risk of converting others to Islamist extremism as fears mount that prisons are jihadi breeding grounds.

Justice Minister Koen Geens told Belgian media that such prisoners will be locked up by the end of the year in special prison sections created in the cities of Ittre and Bruges.

There will be 26 places for these prisoners in Ittre and 16 in Bruges, the newspaper Le Soir reported, citing Geens.

“Those who are incorrigible and therefore could tempt others to become radical like them… we will isolate them,” Geens told RTL television’s afternoon news bulletin.