Hazing lead to death
Initiation goes wrong
The sickening world
Reckoning with verdict
1 Schoonzus en broer Sanda Dia zoeken antwoorden en reageren op strafmaat
30 mei 2023
Werkstraffen tot 300 uur en boetes van maximaal 400 euro. Die straf kregen de Reuzegommers die terechtstonden voor de dood van Sanda Dia na een doop van de studentenvereniging. De rechter zag in de massale media-aandacht en de lange duur van het proces verzachtende omstandigheden, maar de eerste reacties op het arrest wezen al snel richting klassenjustitie. Seydou De Vel en Marie Van Steenkiste, broer en schoonzus van Sanda Dia, blikken terug op een confronterend en zwaar proces.
1 Transcript of the video above
This is surveillance footage from Mechelsestraat in Leuven, where Sanda Dia resided. It’s December 5, 2018, half past 9 in the morning. The “schachtentemmer” (haze master) is picking up Sanda and two fellow freshmen who spent the night there for their initiation. It’s noticeable that Sanda Dia needs support from one of the fellow freshmen. Sanda appears visibly weakened and can barely stand on his feet. The day before, they had to perform various tasks. In the evening, there was a “cantus” (student singing event) with an immense amount of alcohol. One of the freshmen is also walking with difficulty. Their clothes are still dirty and wet. One of the club members recorded a video during the cantus the previous evening, showing the three freshmen being urinated on. There is no water available for them to wash themselves or rinse away their hangover. All the taps in the dorm room are sealed off. Sanda and the two freshmen are taken to a site along the E34 highway in Vorselaar. Reuzegom (the student club) rents this cabin for their annual initiation. It becomes a long day and night filled with inhumane treatment and tasks. Meanwhile, these two club members go shopping. They buy live mice, cockroaches, worms, and crickets at a reptile specialty store in Kontich. They also buy five live fish at another shop. Other members of Reuzegom also go shopping, including a store in Leuven that sells exotic products. The receipt mentions shrimp paste, spicy sauce, and fish oil, among other things. It refers to this 4.5-liter jar with a salt content of 24 grams per 100 grams. Meanwhile, in Vorselaar, the freshmen are instructed to dig a hole. Sanda is unable to participate due to his poor condition. This is evident from a message sent at 12 o’clock noon by a former haze master in the WhatsApp group ‘Ruziegom,’ where former members can remotely follow the initiation.
The three freshmen are required to sit in the freezing cold hole for hours. They are shivering. Photos and videos of them are being taken the whole time. You have 10 seconds. If you’re not out by then, you won’t come along. Hurry up. In the hole, the freshmen are doused with buckets of water. Sanda barely reacts. They are only allowed to leave the hole for so-called games and tasks. They have to drink disgusting concoctions, swallow live fish with salty fish oil, and devour live mice. Or eat a mouse that has been ground up in a blender. Around 7 pm, this photo of Sanda is taken, more than two hours before he is taken to the hospital. Sanda is completely exhausted, lying in the grass. An hour later, after 8 pm, Sanda is back in the hole. He barely reacts and is pulled out of the hole by his two fellow freshmen. Come on, Sanda, if you don’t do this, we’ll set you on fire and it will be over. Just you, Sanda, come on. Hurry up, Sanda, try to move those legs… Those little feet, those feet, man. However, it will still take until 9 pm before a decision is made about what should happen to Sanda. The members of Reuzegom don’t want emergency services to come to the scene. They do start erasing all traces of the initiation. Photos, videos, WhatsApp messages… The hole is filled in. Everything is cleaned up and put into garbage bags. This is a piece of a half-eaten mouse found in the abandoned pants of one of the freshmen. Some club members dress Sanda in dry clothes and drive him to the hospital in Malle. On the way, the club president calls the emergency number 112 using another Reuzegom member’s mobile phone.
Emergency hotline 112. Ambulance and fire department. 20:57.”
Good day, you’re speaking with… We had an initiation and we had a drill, and one of our people who was being initiated fainted. Yes. And he has a tendency to vomit. Yes. He has been to the hospital, but he’s already back, but he has been in the cold all day… And yes, very fatigued. Yes, what is the address, sir? Perhaps we should start with that. No, we are on our way to the hospital in Malle.
The statement that Sanda has already been to a hospital is not correct. The club president does mention that Sanda fainted, but fails to mention that he spent hours in an icy hole and consumed large quantities of salty fish oil. Upon his arrival at 9:25 pm, Sanda falls into a coma and experiences cardiac arrest. He is resuscitated and transferred to the University Hospital in Edegem. However, Sanda Dia cannot be saved. His body temperature has dropped to 27.2 degrees Celsius. He has an extremely high concentration of salt in his blood, twice the lethal dose. Sanda Dia passes away two days later on December 7, 2018. He was 20 years old.
Sanda is lying completely exhausted in the grass. An hour later, it is then after eight, Sanda is again in the pit. He is still barely responsive and is pulled out of the pit by his two fellow colleagues. Still, it will take until 9 pm before it is decided what to do with Sanda.
Expert intensive on Reuzengom process: once Sanda Dia is removed from that pit, death is inevitable.
2 Vader Sanda Dia op laatste procesdag: “Paar schoenen is enige wat mij nog rest van mijn zoon Sanda”
Podcast of the daily newspaper “De Standaard” of Tuesday 30-05-2023 after the judgement of justice of Friday 26-05-2023 (In the Dutch language)
3 Zaak Sanda Dia: het gerecht reageert
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Het College van hoven en rechtbanken, de spreekbuis van de rechters in ons land, heeft gereageerd op de onvrede over de uitspraak in het proces-Sanda Dia. Het college heeft begrip voor het feit dat mensen het oneens zijn met de uitspraak. Maar dat politici opruiende taal gebruiken is “ontoelaatbaar en onaanvaardbaar”, zo vinden de rechtbanken.
In “Het journaal” kwam ook persrechter Els De Brauwer van het Hof van Beroep Antwerpen terug op het arrest en de heisa erover. “Iedereen heeft het recht om het er niet mee eens te zijn”, zei ze.
Van klassenjustitie is geen sprake volgens De Brauwer: “Het Hof heeft geoordeeld op basis van het strafdossier en wat de partijen hebben gepleit. Met hun afkomst of financiële draagkracht heeft het Hof geen rekening gehouden.”
4 dit moet je weten over de rechtszaak rond Sanda Dia
5 Kritiek op KU Leuven na dood Sanda Dia | Terzake
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6 Hoe het “gestoord brute jaar” van Reuzegom leidde tot de dood van Sanda Dia
7 Proces-Reuzegom dag 4: “Universiteit blinkt uit in afwezigheid”
2 The verdict
The lies of the Reuzegommers depicted approximately halfway through the above video 6, in front of the medical professor on the morning of the last day of the initiation (also mentioned in video 1), resemble the biblical story in Luke 22:56, as the saying goes: before the rooster crows twice, you will have denied me three times.
There are concerns regarding the verdict of the court in which all 18 present Reuzegommers are convicted. The sentencing does not correspond to the facts.
When you read the book by court journalist Pieter Huyberechts, approximately 260 pages long, you realize that they were well aware that the student club – which has existed since around 1940 (after the Second World War) – was notorious and monitored by an assigned police officer. It was a defiant club that stubbornly resisted rules and refused to sign them.
There are characteristic expressions: “our good friend Hitler,” “chopping off hands,” “Congo belongs to us,” “a disturbed brutal year.”
It is noted that Sanda Dia was not medically fit to undergo the initiation on the morning of the last day, and a second candidate had difficulty going through with it (this is clearly visible in ‘New footage shows fatal hazing of Sanda Dia’ – Watching recommended Above).
The initiation was interrupted when Sanda Dia had already been unconscious for two hours and was unresponsive, and the 3 candidates were taken to the hospital, while the other two narrowly escaped, as the doctor said.
The medical student, one of the 18 present Reuzegommers, ultimately made the decision and is the reason Sanda was eventually taken to the hospital. As stated in the book, if he hadn’t been there, this wouldn’t have happened at all.
The term psychopaths is used in the book.
It cannot be said that the death of Sanda Dia was an accident and that there is no culpable negligence on the part of the 18 present Reuzegommers. It can be said that the candidates were tortured and that all boundaries were crossed.
There are no mitigating circumstances. There was a toxic culture within the student club, as explained on the web page ‘The Seven Red Flags‘.
De taak van het strafrecht bestaat erin om op een beschaafde manier te reageren op gepleegde criminaliteit.
Het artikel van Philip Daeninck raakt de gevoelige snaar van de werkelijkheid …
“The rich get richer and the poor get prison”.
3 The facts
It is wrong to claim that the death of Sanda Dia was an accident.
According to the medical diagnosis of a professor, Sanda Dia was no longer capable of being further tortured that morning.
They lied through thier teeth to the professor.
The death of Sanda Dia is a direct result of the abhorrent acts committed by the members of the Reuzegom fraternity present.
These are young people who behave in a dehumanizing manner, even prior to this incident, as it was their trademark.
4 Father of Sanda Dia: “The truth did not come to the surface because of KU Leuven”
Ousmane Dia, the father of the deceased Sanda Dia, has strongly criticized KU Leuven in an interview with Humo. According to him, the university is responsible for the truth not coming to light. “Sanda did not receive the respect he deserved.”
Ousmane Dia said in an interview with Humo that he is “deeply disappointed” with the ruling of the court of appeal. 18 members of the student association Reuzegom were convicted of inhumane treatment and unintentional manslaughter of Sanda. They were sentenced to community service of up to 300 hours and fines of up to 400 euros.
“Sanda was my son – my only son. They took him away from me. And now, the court has also given me a slap in the face. Sanda did not receive the respect he deserved.”
Dia is not satisfied with the response from KU Leuven and Rector Luc Sels. “If a student from your university dies, as a rector, you should investigate what happened, I would think. You hold the people involved accountable for their actions, you take decisive action. Luc Sels failed to do that.”
Dia believes that Sels should have expelled the members of Reuzegom from the university. “He should have threatened to terminate their studies. Then the boys who witnessed everything but were not responsible for Sanda’s death would have spoken up.”
“He also did not become a civil party, which would have given him access to all the information from the judicial file. He let the boys go about their business quietly. KU Leuven is responsible for the truth not coming to the surface, not even during the trial.”
According to Sanda’s father, his son was chosen because of his race. “People will disagree with me and refer to the other person of color in Reuzegom. But as a father, I say what I feel deep inside: Reuzegom, an elitist student club, admitted someone like Sanda who didn’t fit their mold. His father had no garden, no driveway, no own house. Sanda was beneath them: ‘Not everyone can become a Giant.’ And they wanted to prove that.”
7 Sinking Canoe Prank
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Nothing is more relaxing than paddling a canoe serenely on a beautiful, quiet lake. But these prank victims got more than they bargained for out of their summer vacation when they rent a boat that suddenly starts shooting water out of it uncontrollably in the middle of the lake. The victims panic at the crazy spray and think they’re sinking… some even capsize and fall out of the boat while hilariously struggling to paddle back to shore.
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Hazing lead to death
Initiation goes wrong
The sickening world
Reckoning with verdict