Belgian police arrested in Somaliland
16 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Three Belgian police officers are being held in Somaliland after escorting a rejected asylum seeker back to his country of origin.
16 August 2006
BRUSSELS — Three Belgian police officers are being held in Somaliland after escorting a rejected asylum seeker back to his country of origin.
According to the local government, the Belgian officers did not have the necessary visa.
The federal police officers landed on Tuesday morning at the airport of Hargeisa, the official capital of Somaliland, which is part of Somalia.
Somaliland seceded from Somalia after the fall of dictator Siad Barre in 1991, but has never been internationally recognised.
The three Belgian officers had escorted a rejected asylum seeker back home, with the intention of delivering him to his home country of Somalia.
They were then scheduled to fly with the same plane back to Ethiopia.
But the officers were immediately taken off the plane and arrested because they were not in possession of the necessary travel documents.
The asylum seeker was placed back on the airplane.
The officers had to surrender their passports and flight tickets and were taken to a hotel and ordered to stay there.
The Belgian embassy in Kenya is now negotiating the case and the Interior Ministry expects a resolution to the case later on Wednesday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news