The Danish Ministry of Justice has just released a timeline relating to the arrest and disappearance of the man who tried to kill me last year. It makes for interesting reading.
After giving the Danish police and Ministry of Justice the run around for several months, the Turkish public prosecutor suddenly on 29 August announced that Basil Hassan, who is suspected of having tried to assassinate me on 5 February 2013, was no longer in custody but had been released to MIT, the Turkish security service. Till then the Turks has assured the Danish police and government that Hassan was in safe hands awaiting extradition to Denmark. Later on 2 October the Turkish authorities told their Danish counterparts that BH had been out jail since 10 August.
That is revealed by the timeline on the so-called Lars Hedegaard case that the Danish Ministry of Justice published a couple of days ago.
For more than two months, in other words, the Copenhagen Police, that is in charge of the investigation, and the Danish government have known that my would-be assassin was no longer locked up without telling me. I wasnt told until the afternoon of 10 October when an agent of the Danish security police, PET, called to announce that Basil Hassan was out of jail. When and why that had happened he couldnt say.
On 25 April, 2014, following a request from Denmark, the Danish citizen Basil Hassan was arrested in Istanbul and jailed awaiting extradition to Denmark. The Turkish authorities had been fully informed of the evidence pointing to BH. They also confirmed that they were aware that he was a Danish citizen.
Against this background it is remarkable that on 29 August, the Turkish prosecutor told the Danish consular general in Istanbul that Basil Hassan had been handed over to the Turkish security authorities with a view towards his extradition to his country.
This raises an interesting question. What country is he talking about? If the hapless killer were to be handed over to Denmark, why not write Denmark instead of his country?
Perhaps the mystery is unraveled by a letter to the Danish consular general dated 28 August. It is from the Maltepe prison, where Basil Hassan had been incarcerated. According the prison authorities, BH hails from Syria (and not from Lebanon as previously believed by the Danes) and has been imprisoned for murder. Where would that have taken place?
It cannot be my murder for I am still alive.
Has Basil Hassan been a traveling killer at the same time he as presented himself as a model of integration in Denmark?
The Maltepe letter reiterates that BH had been released in order to be extradited to his country according to the Danish Justice Ministrys timeline.
It does not appear that the Ministry has asked the Turks what country they were referring to.
The Turks have told the Danish authorities that Basil Hassans release followed a decision by a Turkish court. That sounds strange in view of the fact that on 10 June the Nordic police liaison officer in Ankara informed Copenhagen that BHs extradition to Denmark was a matter to be decided at ministerial level. In other words it was up the Turkish government.
Dispatch International has learned that next Wednesday the Danish Peoples Partys influential spokesman on judicial affairs, Peter Skaarup, will ask Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen some questions about the Lars Hedegaard case in Parliament.
He might want to ask the following questions:
What does the Danish security police know about Basil Hassans terror connections and for how long?
Why does he enjoy special protection by the Turkish government?
What is his connection to the Turkish security police and how has the MIT benefited from his services?
What does the Justice Minister think he is doing in Syria at the moment (if that is in fact where he is)?
Under what circumstances did the Hassan clan (Basils father has a barber shop in Copenhagen) obtain access to and citizenship in Denmark? And if they have lied, should they be allowed to stay?