The Ghent resident (63) who pulled out a knife on a Lijnbus at the end of September and injured a passenger is being interned. The council chamber decided this on Friday. A special intervention team had to overpower him that day and shot rubber bullets.
Simon Dekaezemaker and Laura Moens
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On September 23, the 63-year-old Ghent resident suddenly pulled out a knife on a busy scheduled bus near the inner ring road at the Einde Were and Nieuwewandeling intersection. He waved it around, injuring another passenger on the bus.
Police and emergency services arrived en masse. The man was overpowered by a special police team. Images of this spectacular action also surfaced. Rubber bullets were also removed. Since then he has been in custody in jail.
The council chamber in Ghent decided last week to intern the man. A psychiatrist examined the man and confirmed that the man suffered from psychological problems during the incident. An appeal against this decision is still possible.
Internment is a measure to protect society. This applies to people who are considered to have had no control over their actions and cannot be tried. Only when the person is sufficiently stable can he be released again.