Sharia4Belgium was a Belgian radical Salafist organisation. It denounces democracy and calls for Belgium to convert itself into an Islamist state. In February 2015 the group was designated a terrorist organization by a Belgian judge, and its spokesman, Fouad Belkacem, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Spokesman Belkacem, alias "Abu Imran," repeatedly made controversial comments. He preaches in favor of the death penalty for LGBT people and has stated that he has been praying for Osama bin Laden. In 2010 they disrupted a lecture of Benno Barnard of the University of Antwerp. In early April 2010, Belgian interior minister Annemie Turtelboom ordered the monitoring of the organisation's website, as a response to this, the provider of the website took it offline. The website has since returned online. In 2011 the organisation mentioned the death of Vlaams Belang politician Marie-Rose Morel a "punishment of Allah". Defence minister Pieter De Crem was threatened with his life on the internet because of the Belgian participation in Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya.
When Belkacem was invited to the 2012 Global Shariah Conference, organized by the radical Islamic movement Sharia4Holland, the Party for Freedom asked ministers Ivo Opstelten and Gerd Leers to treat Belkacem as persona non grata.
Although Sharia4Belgium was called to the correctional court for incitement to hate, neither the organisation nor its members were sentenced. Frontman Belkacem has a criminal record for burglary and resist to arrest and was sentenced in 2002, 2004 and 2007. In 2012, he was again sentenced in Antwerp to two years imprisonment for incitement of hatred towards non-Muslims. Morocco is seeking his extradition in connection to drug trade.
On October 7, 2012, Sharia4Belgium announced on its website that the organisation was being dissolved.
On February 11, 2015, Belkacem was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment in Belgium.
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