Testimony by Arsen Kuntaev, Chechen, in Belgium for around 10 years and father of three children, whose deportation to Moscow is planned for this Monday 28th of November at 12.25 a.m from Zaventem
Arsen was living in Lier close to Antwerp with his wife and his 3 sons (6, 4 and 2 years and a half).
The police came to his house when he was looking after his children while his wife was working. She is cashier at Quick’s, with flexible working hours.
Arguing that the police knew his address and that he would not escape, he asked them to go to the police station when his wife (who as a temporary residence permit) would be back home. The police refused and brought him to the police station with his kids, in a state of shock.
He was arrested and the police went to the work of the mother with the kids. It was a problem for the manager of Quick’s, who fortunately did not fire the mother, while insisting that he would have done it normally. To be noted that she needs this work in order to keep her residence permit. Thank you Police…
Arsen has been retained in the closed centre of Merksplas for 4 mohths. He doesn’t have a Chechen passport and risks from 18 to 28 years imprisonment if sent back to Russia, because of a ‘long story during Chechnya’s war’.
He is scared not to see his children again…
He refused his first deportation, but this one will be with an escort, according to the social assistant. He is desperate and thinks he will not be able to do anything to prevent it.
Life in the centre is extremely tough. ‘When one has problems, the guards are laughing’. ‘Food is disgusting’. ‘The social assistant isn’t of any help’.
Deportation flight : Monday 28 November 2016, 12.25 a.m. Aéroflot Russian Airlines SU2169
Let’s prevent this deportation
– speaking to the passengers at luggage check-in from 10.25 a.m.
– sending a fax/email or ringing the people in charge of this criminal deportation.
Directeur de l’Office desEtrangers
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