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TERRORISM

Turkish terror suspect ‘a member of the PKK’

A Turkish citizen arrested at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on Friday on terror charges is thought to be a member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Belgian prosecutors said on Monday.

The arrest of the man at the Stockholm airport was linked to a dragnet launched in March which targeted PKK activities in Belgium, said Leen Nuyts, a spokesperson for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office.

The man, who is wanted by Belgian authorities, is “suspected of being a member of a terrorist organisation,” Nuyts told AFP. His identity has not been revealed.

Eight people were arrested in Belgium on March 4th and charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group. Six were released conditionally on March 25 while two were kept in detention.

Around 300 Belgian police officers conducted 28 searches to dismantle a network that was recruiting young volunteers to join the PKK, listed as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States.

Belgian authorities issued a European arrest warrant for the man who was arrested in the Swedish capital on Friday after he was not found in the March raids, Nuyt said.

The man was arrested on terrorism, kidnapping and hostage-taking charges, Swedish prosecutor Ronnie Jacobsson told the Aftonbladet daily on Saturday.

Belgium has made an extradition request, which is being review by Swedish authorities.

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CRIME

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.

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