Editor-in-chief of the Belgian edition of the women’s magazine Marie Claire, Anouk Van Gestel, and another Belgian journalist are on trial accused of aiding migrants trying to cross illegally to the UK.
The trial of Van Gestel and Myriam Berghe, a journalist at Femmes d’Aujourd’hui (Women of Today), along with ten others began last week at a court in Dendermonde near the Belgian capital of Brussels and sees both journalists accused of aiding people trafficking.
Specifically, Van Gestel is accused of aiding a 17-year-old Sudanese migrant named Mohamed, according to a report from January, and calling on friends to help him reach the UK, broadcaster Franceinfo reports.
What the Marie Claire editor did not know at the time, was that her friend Myriam Berghe’s phone was being tapped by the police when she called asking if Berghe knew people traffickers who could help the 17-year-old reach the UK.
Left-wing politicians have also been accused, and some found guilty, of people trafficking or aiding migrants.