Highest priority given to Erdal's arrest

6th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The arrest of escaped Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal has been given the highest priority by the police and public prosecution services.

6 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The arrest of escaped Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal has been given the highest priority by the police and public prosecution services. 

The federal public prosecution office appointed an investigative judge to the case on Friday. The investigation is being carried out by the anti-terror unit of the Brussels federal police.

Federal police in Brussels raided on Saturday the information bureau of the Turkish group DHKP-C, a left-wing militant organisation of which Erdal is a member.

All computers CD-ROMS, diaries and discs at the office were seized. Three people found at the DHKP-C bureau were questioned by police, but later released.

Police had already searched the DHKP-C office on 28 February. Erdal had lived in a 'safehouse' for six years above the office on approval from the Interior Ministry.

Investigations into Erdal's disappearance have so far yielded no result. Whether she is still in Belgium or has escaped abroad is cannot be said with certainty.

But terror experts think that Erdal is still in Belgium because if she is arrested here, her chances of being extradited to Turkey —  where she is accused of a triple murder — are less than if she was arrested abroad.

Police experts claim the only person who knows where Erdal is, is the DHKP-C leader Musa Asoglu. But Asoglu has refused to give testimony.

Asoglu helped Erdal escape last Monday night despite surveillance by the security VS-SE. He was sentenced on 28 February to six years jail and is now behind bars.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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