On the morning of 20 October 1970 in Frankfurt, Germany, the Algerian politician Karim Belkacem was found dead in a hotel.
The “Ambiguous Ends” program team was able to come up with confidential documents that are revealed for the first time, especially the German investigation file that the German authorities have avoided showing, and in which it was proven that Belkacem moved with two of his companions on the train heading from Düsseldorf to Frankfurt on December 11th. The first 1970.
The file revealed that the death took place after a previous anesthesia, and that his death was covered up in the media in Algeria.
The report also contained a confidential cable referring to the German directive that this information should be dealt with confidentially and withheld from the media for political reasons.
The investigation file stated that 3 persons had joined Belkacem to the hotel, and the spokesperson of the security group announced that two suspects were: Ait Hamid and Ahmed Bouhoush, who had registered themselves under pseudonyms at the hotel.
The file also revealed that the three people took their belongings without supervision and without paying the bill, and since that day they have been on the run, but their luggage was found in the lost property office at the main train station in Frankfurt.
The property found included Belkacem’s identity papers and money, and written records by him indicating strong political activity aimed at the violent overthrow of the government in Algeria.
Why was he assassinated?
The program team went to Belkacem’s hometown in Tizi Ouzou, but his daughter Kawthar did not respond to the letters addressed to her, while his brother and nephew declined to make any statement about his death.
In this regard, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Zidane Khoulief, expressed his regret that the Belkacem family did not go to the Algerian judiciary to do justice to it and to reveal the truth completely and undiminished.
Regarding Belkacem’s personality, Mohieddin Ammour, a media advisor to President Houari Boumediene, said that Belkacem was not a personal one but rather a first-class mujahid, and his assassination was shrouded in a great deal of ambiguity because there was no evidence of the perpetrator.
Belkacem is considered one of the most prominent leaders of the Algerian revolution, as he took up arms against the French colonialist and attended most of the decisive stages in it. He also participated in leading Algeria towards independence, and was aspiring to be the first president of Algeria after its independence.
After internal political disagreements in Algeria, Belkacem moved outside the country, where he established an opposition organization that included opponents of former Algerian President Houari Boumediene, and defined the organization as the democratic movement for Algerian renewal.
Belkacem was accused of orchestrating an assassination attempt on Boumediene, and after a trial in absentia, he was sentenced to death for treason and collaborating with the enemy, in reference to his cooperation with external parties, including France and the Israeli Mossad.
Regarding the suspect in the assassination, the statements of the guests of the program differed between those who accused the Algerian authorities at the time, because he was a danger to them because of his relations with the French and Israeli security.
While some expected international parties to be involved in the assassination, in order to bring Algeria down in a civil war and to be able to seize its strategic position and plunder its wealth, others considered that the French intelligence services or the Israeli Mossad could not be excluded.