‘Jihad black widow’ asks for asylum in Belgium
Malika El Aroud, also known as the jihad black widow because of her connection with Al-Qaeda, has requested political asylum in Belgium. El Aroud was deprived of her Belgian citizenship last year because of “severely failing in her duties as a Belgian citizen”, leaving her only with the Moroccan nationality. On 11th of October she was arrested at her home and taken to a detention centre in Bruges, where she is currently staying.
In order to escape deportation, she submitted an emergency procedure request to the Foreigner’s Litigation Council (CCE), alleging the danger of torture and other inhuman treatment she would be exposed to, the same reasons why she asked for asylum. Nevertheless, the CCE rejected the emergency procedure, claiming that it wasn’t possible for the Council to examine properly the request while the asylum application was still unresolved.
Malika is the widow of Abdessatar Dahmane, one of the men who killed Commander Massoud two days before the September 11 attack. Although she wasn’t sentenced this time because of a lack of evidence, in 2010 she was convicted in Brussels on terrorism charges.