The OPP hopes that a reconstruction in his presence would help to determine whether the policeman’s shot was fired voluntarily or involuntarily. The ballistic investigation was unable to clarify this since the part of the highway where the event took place was demolished. “The reconstruction will take place elsewhere,” Mons General Prosecutor Ignacio de la Serna said.
The attorney for Mawda’s parents, who in February obtained a renewable one-year residence permit, feels that the duty to investigate “risks boiling down to a confrontation between the driver and the policeman” since many witnesses are in closed centres or have been ordered to leave the country, so they are no longer in Belgium”.
“The parents will comply if the OPP requests it, but it’s going to be horrible for them to relive those events,” Maitre Benkhelifa said.