Division over surveillance of Erdal
3 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Amid the controversy around the disappearance of Fehriye Erdal, it has been alleged that the federal security service VS-SE and police could not agree on the best manner to keep the Turkish militant under surveillance.
3 March 2006
BRUSSELS — Amid the controversy around the disappearance of Fehriye Erdal, it has been alleged that the federal security service VS-SE and police could not agree on the best manner to keep the Turkish militant under surveillance.
An anonymous source from the VS-SE said Erdal had done everything possible in recent years to mislead government authorities, such as even using look-alikes.
"When we [VS-SE] alerted police about this, they refused to intervene. No, this so-called escape is completely orchestrated. In the meantime, we are getting the blame," the source told newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad'.
Erdal disappeared on Monday night prior to her conviction for links to a criminal group. She and six other members of the Turkish militant group DHKP-C were jailed for four to six years for possession of weapons and forged documents.
The government's anti-terrorist unit has since been placed on alert for possible attacks by the DHKP-C.
The alert was sparked by a communiqué from the DHKP-C information bureau in Brussels which referred to Brugge Court president Freddy Troch as an inquisitor.
The communiqué also said the court case was "a carnival of bad taste presided over by a one-sided, partisan and warlike judge".
Belgium was also sharply criticised and the anti-terror group said the language used in the communiqué was very aggressive against the judge.
Consequently, the DHKP-C will be placed under intense surveillance over the next few days. However, Troch has not been placed under police protection.
Meanwhile, intelligence experts in Turkey have questioned whether the Turkish security service was possibly involved in the disappearance of Erdal, who is also accused of killing a businessman in the mainly Islamic country.
In light of the fact that Turkey's repeated requests for Erdal's extradition has in the past been refused, the security experts claim an abduction carried out by the Turkish security service MIT is possible. They also stress that an abduction was unlikely.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news