Illegal interpreter at Antwerp court
Illegal immigrant works for years as sworn interpreter for Antwerp court
24 July 2007
BRUSSELS - A 39-year-old Moroccan who worked for years as a sworn interpreter at the court in Antwerp has been taken into custody because he has been in this country illegally all that time. He has been locked up in the Centre for Illegal Immigrants in Brugge. The Aliens Department wants to send him back to Morocco, according to an artcile in the Gazet van Antwerpen.
Ahmed T. is not in possession of residence documents so he is here illegally. Nevertheless, he has managed to work as an Arabic interpreter for the Antwerp court since 2003. Ahmed T. arrived in 1995 as a student in Antwerp. He got to know a Belgian woman and married her. This marriage allowed him to get the necessary residence papers.
In 2000 the marriage was declared null and void because it was a marriage of convenience. As a result, his residence documents were revoked. In 2001 he was ordered to leave the country. Ahmed started legal proceedings at the Council of State to allow him to stay in Belgium after all.
In 2003 he got the position of sworn interpreter for the Antwerp court. In 2005 he got married again. His wife, who had a daughter from him, later declared that it was just a marriage of convenience.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news