Police, intelligence services to investigate escape

9th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The police and intelligence service supervisory committees have been instructed to investigate the events leading up to the disappearance of Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal.

9 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The police and intelligence service supervisory committees have been instructed to investigate the events leading up to the disappearance of Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal.

The parliamentary steering commissions ordered the Committee P and Committee I on Thursday to complete investigations within the next month. The investigation will trace events back to 26 August 2000.

Both steering commissions jointly met on Thursday with the former chief of the federal security service VS-SE, Koen Dassen, news agency Belga reported.
 
At that meeting, Dassen presented the commissions a written text of his comments made earlier this week to the Committee I, in which he said the security service had warned the government about Erdal's possible escape.

However, Christian Democrat CD&V Senator Hugo Vandenberghe said the document was a watered down version of the former security chief's verbal statement.

The steering commissions instructed both the police and intelligence committees to investigate the disappearance of Erdal. They were ordered to delve into the past up until 26 August 2000 when the Turkish militant was placed under surveillance.

The committees will need to submit a report within a month to the steering commissions. Lower House president Herman De Croo said a decision will then be made whether that report is an interim or a definitive report.
 
Government Liberal VLD Senator Paul Wille said there was no heirarchical difference between the steering commission's order of an investigation and the federal government's decision to investigate the incident several days ago.

But Vandenberghe said it is extremely important that parliament controlled the investigation and not the government, given the fact the Justice and Interior Ministers are involved in the case.

The Christian Democrat CD&V senator also said the steering commissions have demanded insight into every document relating to the case.

If those documents are not released, the Lower House and Senate members of the steering commissions will meet to discuss what steps should be taken next.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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