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La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 03/03/2006

The judicial system put to the test

The police have lost trace of the extreme-left Turkish militant Ferhiye Erdal. On probation for the past few years, she did not show up on Tuesday, February 28 at the court in Bruges that sentenced her to four years in prison for membership in a terrorist organisation. "One would think that it has become good form to cast aspersion on the Belgian civil intelligence service [la Sûreté]," notes the editorial writer Roland Planchar, who looks for the true culprit behind this embarrassing situation. "It is not really the fault of the civil intelligence authorities, the police, the courts. But rather of a democratic system concerned about everyone's rights. That is what makes it so noble. Except that, in this case, it has been flat-out duped. Oh how she must have laughed, Mrs. Erdal, as she weighed up her possible conviction against her plan to take flight."

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