CD&V demands ministers resign over Erdal affair

6th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The opposition Christian Democrat CD&V demanded on Monday the resignation of Interior Minister Patrick Dewael and Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx over the disappearance of convicted Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal.

6 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The opposition Christian Democrat CD&V demanded on Monday the resignation of Interior Minister Patrick Dewael and Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx over the disappearance of convicted Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal.  

CD&V Senator Hugo Vandenberghe said after a meeting of the intelligence service's supervisory body, Committee I, that both ministers had made mistakes in handling the affair.

He pointed out that a ministerial decision imposing a house arrest on Erdal had not been extended for three years, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.

Vandenberghe also said the preventative arrest of Erdal during her trial was legally possible.

He referred to a precedent from last year, when Dewael placed two Chechens under preventative arrest for a month on request from Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Ten days before Erdal was convicted on 28 February of links to the militant group DHKP-C, the federal government's crisis centre knew that Erdal might try and escape a possible jail term.

Erdal was then placed under 24-hour surveillance by the security service VS-SE, but she managed to disappear on the night of 27 February and has not been seen since.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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