ANKARA - Belgian authorities were negligent in allowing a wanted terrorist to escape only hours before she was sentenced to a four year prison term, a Turkish police spokesman said Friday.
Spokesman Ismail Caliskan said that there was negligence on the part of Belgian authorities over the escape of Fehriye Erdal from the address where she was supposed to be staying under house arrest.
Speaking at a press conference in Ankara, Caliskan said that they hoped Erdal would caught by the efforts of other European police.
On Tuesday, a court in the Belgian town of Brugges sentenced Erdal to four years behind bars on charges of being linked to a terrorist organisation, the possession of firearms and using false documents. However, it was found that Erdal had disappeared late Monday night.
Erdal is wanted by Turkey to face charges stemming from the 1996 assassination of leading Turkish industrialist Ozdemir Sabanci and two employees of Sabanci Holding.
When was asked whether Erdal would be sent to Belgium or Turkey when detained caught, Caliskan said that this would depend on the approach of the country where she would be captured.