Belgium to try Erdal due to crimes she committed in Turkey
Belgian Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the decision of Belgian Gent Court (last March) shedding green light for the trial of terrorist Fehriye Erdal, one of the suspects of prominent Turkish businessmen Ozdemir Sabanci assassination, for the crimes s
With the decision in question, fugitive Erdal will be tried for the crimes she committed in Turkey within the scope of a new judicial process in Belgium.
The court concluded its hearings on March 14th, and the suspect's lawyers and the prosecutor's office objected to trial of the terrorist in Belgium. On the other hand, lawyers of Sabanci family argued that Belgium was the only country where this trial can be held.
In October 2005, Gent Court decided that Erdal could not be tried in Belgium for the crimes she committed in Turkey, but this decision was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2006.
The Gent Court reviewed the decision with a different delegation, found suspect's lawyers and prosecutor's office unjust, and announced that the terrorist could be tried in Belgium.
A Special Examiner in Bruges, where terrorist Erdal was first captured, will be assigned to prepare the files and delegations including police, judges and prosecutors would travel to Turkey to conclude preparations for trial.
Erdal would be tried in absentia in Bruges Court in case she could not be captured till that time.
CRIMES IN TURKEY
Erdal, one of the suspects of the killings of Turkish businessmen Ozdemir Sabanci, Toyata-Sa DG Haluk Gorgun and his secretary Nilgun Hasefe, on January 9th, 1996, was arrested with a false passport in Belgium on September 26th, 1999.
Belgium refused Turkey's call for extradition of Erdal because of death sentence in the laws, however, on the other hand rejected Erdal's request seeking for asylum.
After serving one year in prison, Erdal was taken under house arrest.
On February 28th, 2006, Bruges Court in Belgium sentenced Erdal 4 years in prison for the crimes she committed in Belgium but Erdal escaped two days before the decision is announced.
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