Protection and Security of Citizens: Minister Milquet visits Washington


Belgian citizens terrorized by armed gangs

Brussels, 24.4.2013

A few months ago the Belgian association, Werkgroep Morkhoven, which revealed the Zandvoort child pornography case, was making a complaint to the Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, the Belgian Minister of Justice A. Turtelboom and the Belgian Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet because of two families (which minor children) of its board member Marcel Vervloesem, were terrorized by an armed gang which is protected by Belgian local and federal authorities

Minister Milquet wrote the mayor of the city where the gang is active but the families and some local residents who wanted to protect the families against the powerful gang, remained terrorized.

To the amazement of the Morkhoven Group, some policemen launched an investigation against the victims of terror.

The Morkhoven Group was making also a complaint to the Committee P, which was created in 1991 in order to provide the Federal Parliament with an external body responsible for monitoring the police.

Today the president of the association received a reply from the Committee P that announced that it would investigate the matter.

The action group which also worked for the rights of prisoners, patients and wheelchair users,  finds it unacceptable that the Belgian Prime Minister says that the 'safety of all citizens is a top priority of the government' while families with minor children can be terrorized for months.

The gang members are in contact with a local politician who, thanks to the support of the board of the local Socialist Party and the mayor of his city, has been appointed as chairman of the urban Safety and Security Committee.
The man is also appointed as a board member of the local police association.
It is this man that started the terror campaign on 17.12.2012 by sending a GSM text message with a death threat to the 15 years old granddaughter of the activist.

The Morkhoven Group hopes that Ms Milquet will talk about the increasing problems of armed gangs that terrorize citizens and seize power in small Belgian towns, during her meetings with the American National Counterterrorism Center, the CIA, the FBI, the Terrorist Screening Center and the American Justice and Homeland Security ministries.


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'Belgian Interior Minister visits Washington'


The Belgian Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet (Francophone Christian democrat) has arrived in Washington DC for a three-day visit. Ms Milquet is being accompanied on the visit to the United States capital by the Head of the Federal Police Service Catherine De Bolle and the Director of the Coordination Centre for Threat Analysis (OCAD) André Vandoren.
Mr Vandoren is also the coordinator of the federal action plan against religious radicalism.

The Belgian delegation hopes that through meetings with the American authorities and security services it will be able to learn which measures the United States takes to combat terrorism and violence stemming from religious radicalism.

The Belgians will visit the National Counter Terrorism Center, the CIA, the FBI, the Terrorist Screening Center and the American Justice and Homeland Security ministries.

Ms Milquet will meet with the Head of the CIA John Brennan. Meetings with the American Homeland Security Minister and members of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications are also planned, as are visits to the American Congress and the House of Representatives.


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