Belgian students face trial over initiation death

  • Published on the BBC News website on 6th August 2021
    The father of Sanda Dia, Ousmane (R), has been present at a number of court sessions in the city of Hasselt. Photo Credit: Getty Images
  • Eighteen former members of an elite Belgian university fraternity should face trial over the death of a black student in 2018, a court has ruled.
  • Prosecutors say the now dissolved white Flemish group Reuzegom subjected Sanda Dia to a two-day initiation ordeal that led to the 20-year-old’s death.
  • It is alleged the fraternity at the university in Leuven forced the student to drink large amounts of alcohol and stand in cold water for hours.
  • The suspects are likely to appeal.
  • The decision to refer the case to a criminal court means they now face several charges as a group including manslaughter, deliberately administering harmful substances, degrading treatment and culpable negligence.


PHP Code Snippets Powered By :