Belgian-Moroccan terror suspect Abdelkader Belliraj from Evergem smuggled weapons to Morocco in coffins of deceased Muslims, according to 'well informed' sources. A brilliant idea to transfer forbidden objects, since closed caskets are not opened.
When Belliraj's group was arrested in mid-February in Morocco, the police found an impressive weapon arsenal. The illegal weapons all originated from Morocco. Belliraj smuggled weapons to his homeland since 1993.
There are now strong indications that this was done with caskets. The big advantage of such transport is that customs and police don't open or check closed caskets. That would be a desecration of the body. The sources told HLN that using accomplices Belliraj broke into funeral parlors that repatriate Muslims. He put weapons in the coffin with the body. There were also coffins which were sent out with just weapons and money, without a body.
Jamal Ben Tahar, manages of Pompes Funèbres Islamiques de Belgique (Islamic Burial Parlors of Belgium) in Brussels, that repatriates up to 500 deceased annually, don't believe that smugglers can abuse his organization.
Source: HLN (Dutch)
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