I don’t have any new developments on “The Trials of Badr Hari” as such, but thanks to NLTimes.nl I can offer a clearer picture of where Hari’s legal issues are at.
NL Times has a couple of English language articles on Badr Hari’s woes, which makes a pleasant and much welcome change from having to read google translated articles that read like solvent abuse powered poetry.
In the first article, a brief overview of “The Trials of Badr Hari”:
The lawsuit against Badr Hari started Thursday. The kickboxer is on trial for eight violent crimes and a traffic offense.The most serious charge against Hari is attempted manslaughter, for the mistreatment of businessman Koen Everink during the dance party Sensation White last year.
Everink was severely beaten in a VIP box at the Amsterdam Arena, where the party was held, and sustained a complicated leg fracture.
Hari has admitted he was involved in the incident, but stated he only hit the businessman once. During a pro forma session Hari’s lawyer, Benedicte Ficq, called it ‘a slap on the wrist’.
The reason for the brawl was, Everink had offended Hari’s girlfriend, Estelle Cruijff . According to Everink’s lawyer, the businessman only said: “Hallo, ik ben Koen” (Hi, I’m Koen). Everink then went to the restroom and was beaten by several men when he returned. According to the Prosecution Hari was one of them.
Everink is absent during the trial. He claims to be unable to testify in court, due to his failing health. This prevents judges and Hari’s lawyer from interrogating him. He did, however, make statements to the police.
The kick boxer is also suspected of other ill-treatment in the Amsterdam nightlife. He reportedly dealt someone a head butt and / or a so-called flying kick in the Jimmy Woo. In Club Air, he beat a man’s teeth out of his mouth.
It doesn’t end there. Badr Hari is furthermore accused of beating up an ex-girlfriend and is suspected of causing a deliberate crash in Amsterdam Albert Cuypstraat.
Badr is on trial along with co-defendant Ferhat Y. The court scheduled four days for the case. The Public Prosecutor will present their sentence for Hari on Monday.
The second article explains the delay to Badr Hari’s trial:
The trial against kick boxer Badr Hari will take a few weeks longer. First, a report of the national department of investigation about the leaking of a file to the press, needs to be completed.The kick boxer is on trial for nine offenses. The most serious charge against Hari is attempted homicide, which took place during the dance party Sensation White last year. The file and a photo leaked in this case leaked to a KRO Brandpunt Reporter. The national department is investigating the leak, because there may be a breach of official secrecy.
The outcome of the study may have an impact on the case, which is why the prosecution wants to wait before passing a sentence. The investigation will take several weeks.
The defense of Hari wants to postpone the discussion of the case until the investigation is completed, but the court decided otherwise.
Hari offered his apologies Friday morning, and his brother Yassine was arrested in court on suspicion of perjury.