Convicted terrorist charged with stealing hard drive with victim data on it

AP reports:

Belgian authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested a man who served jail time on terrorism charges over the theft of a computer hard drive containing autopsy reports about the victims of the suicide bombings in Brussels in 2016.

Brussels prosecutor’s office spokesman Denis Goeman said the man, identified only by the initials I. K. and born in 1991, is suspected of stealing the hard drive and other items from a forensic doctor’s office at the city’s main justice offices last week.

Belgian media, quoting unnamed justice sources, said the suspect is Illiass Khayari and that he was sentenced to five years in prison on terror charges in 2016 but only served about half his term.

Read more on Herald-Whig.  It’s not clear from the report why someone convicted on terrorism charges would be released after less than 3 years.  Nor is it clear, it seems, that his intention in allegedly stealing the drive was to obtain the autopsy reports on it.

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