Turkish militant 'could have been held'
19 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Investigative reports into the disappearance of convicted Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal claim that Interior Minister Patrick Dewael could have ordered her preventative arrest.
19 April 2006
BRUSSELS — Investigative reports into the disappearance of convicted Turkish militant Fehriye Erdal claim that Interior Minister Patrick Dewael could have ordered her preventative arrest.
The Committee I and Committee P — which respectively supervise the intelligence service VS and police force — presented their investigative reports to several MPs and Senators on Tuesday.
The committees had been instructed to investigate the disappearance of Erdal, who vanished the day before she was convicted at the end of February for her role in the Turkish militant group DHKP-C.
Erdal was under surveillance at the time by the Belgian security service VS, and Minister Dewael has always stressed that she could not have been detained prior to her conviction.
But an extensive legal analysis outlined in the committees' reports now indicates that Erdal could have been arrested.
She had previously been detained in 2000 to 'remain at the disposal of the government' and could have been re-arrested for the same reasoning based on "new and serious" crimes.
Temporary remand detention legislation also allowed her arrest for a 24-hour period.
The reports stressed that in strict legal sense, Erdal could have been arrested by the security service VS and claimed that the danger of Erdal escaping had been seriously underestimated.
The committees charged further that authorities lacked a proper judicial analysis and co-ordinated stance to prevent the militant's disappearance.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news