Belgian ministers have Friday because the blur of the information provided in mid-2015 by Turkey about Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of Brussels kamikazes, but also denounced as "unacceptable" in which they had processed by a Belgian police officer stationed in Istanbul.
"We can not exclude that if everyone was perfect, a few things might have been different," said the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, before a parliamentary committee, three days after the attacks who made 31 dead and some 300 injured at the airport and in the Brussels metro.
"But the story is not as negative as we have said in recent days," said Mr Geens, after accusations of Ankara, which accuses the Belgian authorities for neglecting the information transmitted on Ibrahim El Bakraoui, who blew himself up Tuesday in Brussels-Zaventem airport.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Friday its challenges. "We stopped that person to Gaziantep (on the border with Syria) and were expelled. But these gentlemen have not done enough, "he began.
Before the Belgian Parliament, the Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, was first criticized the attitude of "liaison officer" of the Belgian police in Istanbul, without mentioning his name.
"I can only conclude that someone has been negligent to say the least, not very proactive or very committed," Mr. Ham said. "A person from the police apparatus has blundered," he added, speaking of an "unacceptable" attitude.
The minister, who resigned, like that of Koen Geens, was denied Thursday said Ibrahim El Bakraoui, whose brother Khalid blew himself up in the Brussels metro, was arrested June 11, 2015 in Gaziantep and that the Belgian liaison officer in Istanbul was informed on June 26 by Turkish police, who did not elaborate.
The liaison officer passed the information three days later in the antiterrorist police cell in Brussels, who asked him to find out more about this man convicted in Belgium for banditry.
But until July 20, "nothing has been done by the liaison officer, there has been no communication" with Brussels, lamented the minister.
Meanwhile, on July 14, Turkish police had informed the Belgian and Dutch embassies in Ankara, by a simple note filed on their portal, Ibrahim El Bakraoui would be put on a plane to Amsterdam for half an hour later. Information is rising to Brussels six days later.