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(77 replies, posted in Bibliografie)

Indien elke politieke partij in België, zowel de Nederlandstalige als Franstalige kant, samen met de verantwoordelijken van het Koningshuis, kan verklaren en bevestigen dat er NIEMAND van hen uitmaakte bij de voorbereidingen, financiering, daden van "de Bende" is er misschien een kans om (n)iets te weten komen...

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(77 replies, posted in Bibliografie)

Ben wrote:

Met diefstal op uw strafblad zou je niet aangeworven zijn geweest bij de rijkswacht.

Quod erat demonstrandum. Bouhouche is hier wel in geslaagd ...

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(44 replies, posted in Onderzoekspistes)

De documentaire gisteren i.v.m. de (uiteindelijke) erkenning van Delphine Boël door gewezen koning Albert, was de bevestiging van we al wisten over de van Saksen-Coburgs. Albert en zijn voorvaders hebben allemaal, links en rechts, kinderen rondlopen. Bovendien kunnen we door het interview van de moeder van Delphine, minnares van Albert, nog een aantal dingen beter kunnen plaatsen.

Vooreerst de houding rond de mogelijke scheiding van Albert en Paola. Boudewijn bleek geen tegenstander geweest te zijn, doch indien deze scheiding toch doorgegaan zou zijn, zouden er zich in de toekomst problemen kunnen voordoen waarmee de toenmalige vorst geen rekening heeft gehouden. Op het moment van de vraag tot scheiding was het huwelijk van Boudewijn nog steeds kinderloos en de zoon van Albert, Filip, nog niet in staat om als troonopvolger te kunnen fungeren.

Tel daarbij de toenmalige politiek waarbij vooral Vlaanderen naar autonomie wou streven, dan zijn de verhalen over een mogelijke "staatsgreep" niet volledig verzonnen. Bovendien bleek (uit het interview), dat Albert na de weigering van Delphine's moeder om samen door het leven te gaan (na de scheiding door beide partijen van hun partner), er nadien nog een aantal "vrouwen" het hof heeft gemaakt... En als de moeder zegt dat ze haar herinneringen heeft begraven om ze pas na 100 jaar vrij te maken voor kennisgeving, dat zou ik aan de cel te Charleroi opdracht geven om deze dame eens te spreken.

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(62 replies, posted in Onderzoekspistes)

Toubib is niet of wordt niet algemeen gebruikt, maar als het uitgesproken wordt, eerder in het zuiden dan elders in Frankrijk. In Marseille zul je dit wel gemakkelijker horen.

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(44 replies, posted in Onderzoekspistes)

En niet vergeten dat Boudewijn in zijn beginjaren als koning omringd werd door getrouwen van zijn vader (Leopold III)...

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(271 replies, posted in Andere)

Ook bij deze man duikt Marbella als verblijfplaats op, net zoals vele anderen in dit dossier (Faez al Ajjaz, Degrelle, Cams, Deferm, ...) en vele forumleden hebben dit al eerder aangehaald. Zijn criminele feiten dateren beginjaren 80 en lijken eerder banale feiten te zijn. De interesse van Staatsveiligheid voor hem blijkt pas na 1985.

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(29 replies, posted in Andere)

Ik meen dat de vraag die men vandaag moet stellen is dat de gebeurtenissen rond Belliraj en zijn "entourage" allemaal draaien rond de samen- en tegenwerking tussen de diensten in België en Marokko, die instaan voor de "Staatsveiligheid". Blijkbaar mochten er "dingen" gebeuren die door beide "diensten" oogluikend werden gedoogd.

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(51 replies, posted in Andere)

Ali Aarrass v Belgium
Ali Aarrass is a dual Belgian/Moroccan national who has been detained since 2008, first in Spain and then later in Morocco, where he is serving a 12-year sentence based on his confessions obtained under torture.
ALI’S STORY
Ali Aarrass is a dual Belgian/Moroccan national born in the Spanish territory of Melilla, at which time Morocco was the only nationality he could claim.
He later joined the rest of his family in Belgium where he lived for a significant time period and gained Belgian nationality.
He was arrested in Spain in 2008 on an international arrest warrant from Morocco for allegedly being a member of a terrorist organisation. He fought extradition and appealed to the UN Human Rights Committee, who issued an interim measure to halt the extradition given the serious risk of torture.
Despite this, and the dropping of the charges against him, he was extradited to Morocco in 2010.
He was held incommunicado and alleges that he was repeatedly tortured for 4-5 days, after which he signed a confession in Arabic (which he doesn’t speak).
His family only became aware that he had been extradited to Morocco from a news article they read.
In the immediate weeks that followed, Ali was unable to talk about the treatment he endured or make a complaint, out of fear of being tortured again. He ultimately made several complaints of ill-treatment before the Moroccan courts and the National Human Rights Council.
Numerous requests from Ali for a medical examination were refused. When an examination was finally undertaken, it found evidence of torture.
He is currently serving a 12-year sentence based on his confessions obtained under torture.
He alleges that he continues to be subject to torture and harassment while imprisoned in Morocco, and has repeatedly asked for consular visits from Belgium, who initially refused to intervene claiming the general principle of non-intervention for dual nationals and absence of proof of torture.

ACTION FOR JUSTICE
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention published in October 2013 an opinion requesting his immediate release and compensation.
The UN Human Rights Committee decided in 2014 that there had been torture.
The UN Committee against Torture also decided in 2014 that Morocco violated the Convention against Torture by convicting him using evidence obtained under torture and by failing to provide a medical examination in compliance with the Istanbul Protocol.
Ali’s Belgian lawyers launched a case in Belgium to try to force the State to intervene to assist him, but in September 2017 the Court of Cassation finally found in favour of the Belgian Government. The Court stated that it was to be left to the Government’s discretion whether and what assistance to provide to Mr Aarrass, and that the Belgian Government had no obligation to assist him.
In March 2018, Ali’s Belgian lawyers launched a case in the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the decision of the domestic court in Belgium, based on Article 1 (right to life) and Article 3 (prohibition on torture) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The above steps were all undertaken before REDRESS became involved in the case.
As a result of a request from Fair Trials, in September 2018 REDRESS made a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights case, dealing with the question as to whether, in a situation where there is a risk of serious injury to physical and moral integrity, a State has a positive obligation to provide consular protection to try and put a stop to the inhuman and degrading treatment being received by one of its nationals in another country.
THE OUTCOMES
UN Committee against Torture decision, 19 May 2014. Finding of torture.
Third-party intervention, 24 September 2018. Case pending.
QUICK FACTS
Case name: Ali Aarrass v Belgium
Court/Body: European Court of Human Rights
Date filed: 24 September 2018 (third-party intervention)
Current status: Case pending
Legal representation: REDRESS (intervener)

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(271 replies, posted in Andere)

Morocco: "The Belliraj case" − Alkarama calls on the UN to invite the Moroccan authorities to release Abdelkader Belliraj, sentenced to life imprisonment on the sole base of confessions obtained under torture

On 4 January 2016, Alkarama seized the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) with the case of Abdelkader Belliraj, a 59-year-old Belgian-Moroccan citizen sentenced by the Moroccan authorities to life imprisonment in 2009 on the sole basis of confessions obtained under torture – which is why his case was dismissed in Belgium in October 2013. By seizing the WGAD for a second time, Alkarama hopes that this UN mechanism for the protection of human rights establishes the arbitrary nature of the victim's deprivation of liberty that has lasted for eight years, and calls on the Moroccan authorities to take the necessary measures to release him.

Arbitrary arrest, secret detention and torture

Arrested in Marrakech on 18 January 2008 by plainclothes agents who did not present a judicial warrant and refused to inform him of the reasons for his arrest, Belliraj was held in secret detention for 28 days, a period during which he was not only removed from the protection of the law, but also subjected to severe torture from which he still bears scars. Among other things, as he testified during his trial, Belliraj was severely beaten on all parts of his body, suspended for long periods of time, deprived of food and placed in solitary confinement in a tiny cell. It was only at the end of this month of torture that he agreed to sign, without even being allowed to read them, the police records containing his "confessions". Other people accused in the "Belliraj case", such as Abderrahim Abourkha and Ali Aarrass, have reported having been victims of the same procedure.

Accused of leading a terrorist network composed of political opponents and journalists

According to the authorities' official version, however, it was only on 16 February 2008 − after having signed his "confessions" − that Belliraj would have been arrested at Casablanca airport and transferred to the premises of the judicial police, whereas his wife and relatives had reported his disappearance to the police on 18 January and had since then been looking for him in all hospitals in the region. Four days later, on 20 February 2008, the Interior Minister, Chakib Benmoussa was announcing, in a press conference, the dismantling of a terrorist network involving around 30 individuals, and designating Belliraj as the leader of this alleged network composed both of Islamists and socialist activists or even well-known journalists, all without any particular links among them or with Belliraj.

Serious procedural irregularities

Following a particularly publicised trial that opened in Rabat on 16 October 2008, members of the "Belliraj network" were all sentenced on 29 July 2009 to prison sentences ranging from one year to life imprisonment for the main accused, currently detained in the Toulal prison near Meknès. Serious procedural irregularities were denounced by the defendant and confirmed by numerous observers without being considered by the Court.

Despite these serious irregularities, the Court did not take into consideration either the fact that no investigation was opened into the allegations of torture, or the serious shortfalls related to the arrests, detention, and the production of police statements. Among others, the arrest dates had been modified for people like Belliraj, who were arrested long before the date mentioned in the police records. Some detainees also claimed during the trial that the content of the presented records did not correspond to their original statements.

Dismissal in Belgium on the basis of inadmissible evidence

After his conviction in Morocco, Belliraj was also subjected to criminal proceedings in Belgium where he lived with his family, on the basis of confessions where he admitted to crimes committed in Belgium. Nevertheless, having ordered an investigation into the conditions under which these confessions had been obtained in Morocco, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor dismissed his case on 25 October 2013 on the grounds that these had been obtained under torture and were therefore unusable before a Belgian court.

"A political case par excellence"

According to Belliraj's wife, the reason behind her husband's arrest is essentially political. Belliraj was arrested along with other members of the Al Badil Al Hadari party − or the Alternative Civilisation Party, a former Moroccan political party of Islamist ideology created in 2002 and dissolved by the authorities on 20 February 2008 following the Belliraj case − that he would have met in the 2000s.

"This case should bear the name of "The Al Badil al Hadari party Case", given its strong political aspect. The main party leaders that were sentenced in the same case in first instance and on appeal to heavy penalties (15-28 years in prison) found themselves released after two years in detention. My husband and 17 others are still there," she says before continuing:

"Add to that the countless abuses and procedural errors that have accompanied this case since the beginning, starting with the abduction in the street, the incommunicado detention and torture that lasted for a month, the signing of minutes under coercion while hooded, and their transmission to the media before he had even been brought before a judge... Even the Belgian investigation, which lasted more than five years, resulted in a dismissal, taking into account the fact that my husband's Belgian lawyer never had access to him during these eight years of detention, despite many attempts and several trips to Morocco. That is why I say it is a political issue par excellence and that the solution can only be political."

And behind this political process is the suffering of the families of the people detained in this case. "This masquerade and all this mess hide a terrible human misery suffered by the families of the prisoners in this case, whose wives and children were left in total confusion overnight and for eight long years in a never-ending wait".

In view of the violations of Articles 9 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which respectively guarantee the right not to be subject to arbitrary arrest or detention and the right to a fair trial, Alkarama again seized the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) to call on Morocco to take all necessary measures to remedy the situation by releasing Abdelkader Belliraj and provide him with adequate compensation.

For more information or an interview, please contact the media team to media@alkarama.org (Dir: +41 22 734 1008).

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(145 replies, posted in Onderzoeksdaden)

Yep