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    A trial of 14 Belgium citizens charged with recruiting young people to fight alongside Islamist militants in Syria began in Brussels on Monday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) Jean-Louis Denis is accused of heading a terrorist organization, according to the Belgian RTBF broadcaster. Denis and members of his group had been distributing free food near the Brussels-North railway station, and attempting to radicalize and recruit local Muslim youth.

    If convicted the Belgians face between 3 and 10 years of imprisonment.

    Belgium has the highest number per capita of any EU country of Islamists who have traveled to fight in Syria, according to the UK-based Aon plc insurance company. Some 440 Belgium citizens are estimated to be fighting on the side of militants in Syria.

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