Police opened fire on a minibus of Iraqi Kurdish refugees who wanted to travel illegally from Belgium to the UK and killed a 2-year-old girl named Mawda, was sentenced to 1 year in prison. The court suspended the sentence of the police officer.
The Belgian government allowed Mawda’s parents to live permanently, citing “the graves of their children in their home countries.”
On the night of May 16, 2018, police patrolling the E-42 highway near Namur, Belgium, followed a minibus with a fake license plate.
The vehicle carrying Iraqi Kurdish refugees who wanted to go to the UK from Belgium, tried to flee without obeying the stop warning.
Mawda Shawri, a 2-year-old girl, was killed when police opened fire on a minibus.
After a half-hour chase, the driver and passengers of the minibus were detained at the bus stop.
Human rights groups in Belgium have staged protests demanding justice for Mawda’s death.
Many people, including world-renowned British artists Peter Gabriel and Roger Waters, director Ken Loach and American musician Tom Morello, have called for the trial of those responsible for Mawda’s death.
The lawsuit over Mawda’s death ended in Mons (Bergen) Court on Friday. The court sentenced a Belgian police officer to one year in prison on charges of “premeditated murder” for the death of an Iraqi Kurdish baby.
The court adjourned the sentence of a police officer who claimed to have aimed at the front wheel to stop the van, but the bullet hit a baby named Mawda because the vehicle was zigzag and zag.
4 years imprisonment for the driver
A Belgian judge sentenced the minibus driver to four years in prison. The court said the arrested Iraqi driver insisted on fleeing in response to calls from security forces and passengers to stop. Another man convicted of human trafficking was acquitted due to lack of evidence.
The Belgian government also announced that the parents of the murdered girl were given a permanent residence permit.
Federal government asylum and immigration minister Sammy Mehdi said Perhast and Shamden Shawri had been granted temporary residence permits to pursue the case at their own discretion, and permanent residence permits in Belgium.
“These parents had to bury a child here. We have to give them the peace they deserve,” he said.