Ministry denies it could have arrested Erdal

3rd March 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The Interior Ministry denied on Friday that escaped Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal could not have been arrested prior to her conviction earlier this week.

3 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The Interior Ministry denied on Friday that escaped Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal could not have been arrested prior to her conviction earlier this week.

The ministry said she could neither be arrested based on police criminal law or immigration law, news agency Belga reported.

The denial comes after the opposition Christian Democrat CD&V claimed that Erdal could have been arrested during her trial. It said the arrest could have been based on immigration law.

Meanwhile, questions have also been raised about claims from Interior Minister Patrick Dewael on Thursday that the security service VS-SE did not anticipate that Erdal would flee.

Flemish broadcaster VRT claims it has since obtained documents indicating that the possibility that Erdal would flee was discussed at a crisis government meeting.

A decision was then taken to place Erdal under surveillance for 24-hours a day in the lead up to Tuesday's ruling, a ruling in which she was sentenced to four years jail for links to the Turkish militant group DHKP-C.

However, Erdal had already disappeared on Monday night despite the Belgian security service's surveillance.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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