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Belgian officer denies errors when expanding terrorist to the Netherlands

Belgian officer denies errors when expanding terrorist to the Netherlands

The Belgian liaison officer in Turkey, who would have geblunderd in the expansion of the suicide bomber, Ibrahim El Bakraoui to the Netherlands in 2015 at the Brussels airport, at the time, it acted as it should.

The man, Sebastien George, said Friday in the Belgian commission of inquiry, investigating the attacks of 22 march last year at the Brussels airport Zaventem.

Also, his boss, Peter De Buysscher, believes that George, the rules and procedures followed. Joris came under heavy fire when three days after the attacks showed that El Bakraoui on 26 June 2015 at the Turkish border with Syria was arrested on the 14th of July on the plane to the Netherlands.

The man was at that time parole after a prison sentence because of a violent robbery but had twice failed to report. With his expulsion, he indicated not to Brussels but Amsterdam. Then he disappeared of the radar.

Van der Steur

According to then minister of Ard van der Steur (Security and Justice) was the Dutch embassy a half hour before the flight by e-mail but which was not timely noticed. He was also not in the international detection system.

George said Friday that the message of the arrest of El Bakraoui his attention is not attracted because it is not a urgent matter was. Travel to Syria was not illegal and in Brussels, no one had the bird flown.

On march 22, 2016 blew El Bakraoui and his friend Najim Laachraoui located at Brussels Airport. An hour later, his brother Khalid the same in the metro. There were a total of 35 people.

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