Deprived of citizenship, the former terrorist has requested political asylum in Belgium

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobabble. Archival photoDeprived of citizenship, the former terrorist has requested political asylum in Belgium© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Malika El Aroud, who served eight years in prison in Belgium on terrorism charges, has requested political asylum in the Kingdom to prevent his extradition to Morocco, said the Agency Belga.

In November 2017, the 59-year-old woman was deprived of Belgian citizenship for «failure to fulfill obligations of a citizen». Deprivation of citizenship is an extremely rare case in judicial practice in Belgium. It applies only to persons having Belgian nationality and one of the third countries. Still the decision was taken just over 10 times.

After denationalization of the Belgian Malika El-Aroud has remained a subject of Morocco. On this basis, in October 2018 it was placed in a closed centre for illegal migrants in Bruges, where she will return to Morocco.

To avoid this, the woman urgently petitioned for asylum in Belgium on the grounds that in Morocco it will be subjected to torture or inhuman and degrading treatment.

At the time of consideration of the petition of the authorities of the Belgian Malika El-Aroud will remain in the closed centre.

Spouse Maliki El-Aroud was killed in 2001 in Afghanistan while performing the task of Osama bin Laden, whose ardent fan, she was then. The husband was one of the suicide bombers, eliminate leader opposing the Taliban «Northern Alliance» Ahmad Shah Masood.

Myself Malika El Aroud joined her husband in Afghanistan in September 2001, two days before the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September. In 2003 the court of Brussels acquitted her for lack of evidence of involvement in terrorist activities in Afghanistan.

However, in 2008, the Brussels court sentenced Malika El-Aroud, to eight years in prison for «the establishment, management and financing of the group with terrorist intentions.» Its members were, in particular, are charged with recruiting and smuggling Islamic volunteers to Afghanistan, where they trained suicide bombers.