Belgium 'secretly' had Turkish militant arrested
19 September 2006, BRUSSELS — The arrest of a Turkish militant in the Netherlands was secretly organised by the Belgian government with the aim to have him extradited to Turkey, it was claimed on Tuesday.
19 September 2006
BRUSSELS — The arrest of a Turkish militant in the Netherlands was secretly organised by the Belgian government with the aim to have him extradited to Turkey, it was claimed on Tuesday.
The official version of events state that Bakar Kimyongur — a militant with the far-left Turkish group DHKP-C — was arrested by chance while in the Netherlands.
But Francophone Belgian newspapers 'Le Soir' and 'La Libre Belgique' reported on Tuesday that the official version of events can no longer stand up to the light of day.
The newspapers underpinned their claims with a report from a meeting held two days before Kimyongur was arrested.
Kimyongur, a Belgian national of Turkish ancestry, claims Belgium effectively extradited him to the Netherlands by alerting Dutch authorities that he was in Amsterdam.
He has launched legal action against the Belgian state, claiming he was "kidnapped" by Dutch authorities.
Arrested on 28 April based on an international arrest warrant issued by Turkey, the Netherlands refused to extradite him and released him on 4 July.
The Belgian meeting was held after Kimyongur's conviction in Belgium for militant activities earlier this year and the spectacular escape of DHKP-C terrorist Fehriye Erdal, who was under surveillance of the Belgian security service at the time.
It is alleged the aim of the meeting was to investigate what possibilities were open to Belgium to arrest Kimyongur, who appeared to want to leave the country.
A report of the meeting — which was chaired by the deputy private secretary of Belgian Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx — indicates that the federal public prosecution office would contact the Dutch justice authorities to have Kimyongur arrested in the Netherlands based on an Interpol warrant.
The Belgian Justice Ministry has admitted that such a meeting took place, but claims the report was not the official minutes of the meeting. The official report has not been made public.
The Francophone green party Ecolo has demanded that the joint Lower House and Senate justice commission should convene a meeting to discuss the controversy.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news