Rabat - Belgian authorities have arrested Kaoutar Fal on suspicion of spying for Morocco, according to Belgian television channel RTBF.
Rabat – Belgian authorities have arrested Kaoutar Fal on suspicion of spying for Morocco, according to Belgian television channel RTBF.
Kaoutar Fal, of Moroccan nationality, is being held in the “127 bis” closed center in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium. She said in a letter, obtained by the Belgian news agency Belga, that her visa was withdrawn because she had been accused of espionage for Morocco.
Fal was arrested in Brussels after being accused of espionage for the Moroccan intelligence services, RTBF reported.
Fal explained in her letter that she was arrested for the first time on May 29, when she had just landed at Belgium’s Charleroi Airport.
Fal was held in the “Caricole” transit center in Steenokkerzeel and later released. When she went to Charleroi Airport to pick up her passport, she was again arrested and spent the night in the 127 bis closed center, RTBF said.
She said in her letter she was “kidnapped.”
According to Belga, “The Aliens Office indicated that the State security requested that Fal be arrested because she represents a risk to national security.”
“She is now detained on the basis of another article according to which she is illegally in the territory, and because she represents a threat to national security,” said a spokesman. “It is important for us to send her back to Morocco as soon as possible.”
Fal’s lawyer Julien Hardy said that the note on which the state security had based its decisions was “extremely superficial and inaccurate.”
Hardy also said his client suffered “illegal deprivation of liberty.” He lodged a new appeal with the Indictments Division and the Aliens Litigation Council (CEC).
In her letter, Fal presented herself as a businesswoman and president of several organizations, including an African media organization. The letter was relayed by a Rabbi Moshe Friedman of Antwerp , RTBF noted.
According to Fal’s website she is “one of the founders of the female entrepreneurship Association in the north of Morocco. She has also been advisor to several Governments, Chambers of Commerce in Morocco and abroad and Director of the ESC-Tétouan the institute on the Chamber of Commerce.”
Fal wrote that she “is known for the role of the President of the International Organization of African Media in Brussels, the Australian-Arab chamber representative in North Africa and the Ambassador of the International Observatory of Media and Parallel Diplomacy.”