RTE 1.14pm: EU says no-one is at risk over names of Brussels mass killers, as it says only one person has been prosecuted for the killings in the European Union.
EU’s top court has upheld a ruling to keep the names and addresses of those killed in the July 2016 attack secret from the public.
But it says no one is at any risk because EU law is clear that the public have the right to access and inspect such information.
It says it will take a “very careful look” at the ruling.
The ruling is the latest in a series of decisions that have allowed European countries to publish details of those involved in mass killings.
The EU had previously ruled that such information was public, but it has now decided to make it private.
EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova told a news conference that the ruling was not a “new” law, but rather a “precedent”.
She said the public has the right “to know” who was responsible for the Brussels attacks.
“We are looking very carefully at whether it’s in the public interest for the names to be made public,” she said.
Ms Jourora said she had not received a “direct appeal” from anyone, but she would “take this into account”.
She also said that “we will take time and think about it”.
She would not say when the names would be made available, but said that a decision was being made to make the information public.
The Commission is considering whether to publish names of the people who were killed in Brussels mass murders on the grounds that it is in the “public interest”.
European Commission spokeswoman Sabine Lees said the commission was “committed to transparency”.
She added that the commission would not release the names unless there was “strong evidence” that the perpetrators were responsible.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the EU should make all names of perpetrators of mass killings public.
In the case of Brussels, the ECHR said it was “obliged” to publish “all the names”, because they were “the subject of a criminal investigation” and were “in the public’s interest”.
But the European Court rejected a challenge from Belgium’s government.
A judge had ruled in January that the Belgian government was entitled to a public trial of the Brussels attackers, because they had not been convicted.
A Belgian appeals court has also ruled that Belgian authorities had to reveal the names in order to protect the identities of the victims.
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The Belgian government had initially argued that its refusal to release names was “inherently in the national interest” and the decision to keep them secret was necessary to protect national security.
It argued that the information could be used to identify the perpetrators and also prevent further attacks.
But the ECHRC said it could not be expected to protect “national security” when it was unable to provide “a reasonable assurance of protection” for the identity of those at the heart of the attacks.
The court also ruled in favour of the Belgian Government, saying it could provide “information on the names” of the attackers.
The ECHR ruled that, because of the way in which the Brussels bombings were carried out, it was possible to prove that the names were not released “at the outset” of an investigation.
This is “so long as a full investigation into the attack and the role of the defendants has not commenced”.
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Belgium has a history of security problems, including the arrest of the brother of the head of the EU intelligence agency, Pierre Oudinot, in 2016 and of another suspect, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, in a Paris apartment in December 2016.
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