"It's so sad that parents like me and so many thousands of parents worldwide are standing alone, that nobody's helping them. It's disgusting really, it's selfish," he said.So says Dimitri Bontinck. Is he a bereaved father who sees the justice system pander to the human rights of killers? Or a family traumatised by a needless death?
No. He's a man who tries to stop radical jihadists from dying in the wars they go off to fight.
Damn. All my tiny violins are far too big....
"We asked for help from everyone, from the police, from the authorities and youth organisations ... because we see that something is going wrong, we see that it's no good for his future - and they were just watching," he said.
"The reply from all those we asked for help was the same: 'We are living in a democracy, you have freedom of speech, you have freedom of religion'. So it was very sad for us."If you'd prefer to live in a Third World hellhole where you are 'protected' from harm by not being allowed to do anything anyone doesn't like, go right ahead!
Although Dimitri's son is safely back in Antwerp, the 19-year-old is now at the centre of a huge terrorism trial in Belgium, one of more than 40 people being prosecuted for membership of a banned organisation.
His father is deeply critical of the Belgian government's decision to prosecute. "With this wrong attitude and stigmatisation they're creating more frustration against the West," he said.So you wanted them to act, and now you don't want them to act?
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