Accused of Espionage, Moroccan Kaoutar Fal to Sue Belgium


Rabat – Kaoutar Fal, a Moroccan woman who was detained in Brussels on suspicion of spying for Morocco intelligence, has lodged a request to the European Court of Human Rights, questioning the legality of her detention.

Fal, who spent two months in a closed center from May 29 to July 23 last year, wrote of “the ill-treatment” she received from Belgian authorities. She explained that she was arrested the moment she landed at Belgium’s Charleroi Airport.

Fal emphasized that her detention occurred without any legal “justification.”

The Belgian state security ordered that the 32-year-old woman be detained in Repatriation Center 127 bis, in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium. Belgian authorities reported that Fal was notorious in the world of business and lobbying, seeing her liberty as a threat to their national security.

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The Indictments Division and the Aliens Litigation Council (CEC) released Fal in July after it had announced that her detention was against the law.

A CEC spokesman said then that she was 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.”

Fal returned to Morocco on July 23 of her own volition.

Fal is a co-founder of the Female Entrepreneurship Association in the north of Morocco.

She has been “advisor to several Governments, Chambers of Commerce in Morocco and abroad and Director of the ESC-Tetouan the Institute on the Chamber of Commerce,” according to her website.