This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Belgium: Father of Belgian jihadist speaks out01:01

Belgium: Father of Belgian jihadist speaks out

Belgium, Brussels
August 1, 2013 at 18:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belgium: Father of Belgian jihadist speaks out

Dimitri Bontinck is the father of an 18-year-old Belgian convert to Islam who is now believed to be fighting in the Syrian conflict as a jihadist. Bontinck, who travelled to Syria in the hope of finding his son, Jejoen, and bringing him back to Belgium, failed after he was denied contact with his son.

Jejoen, who was brought up in Belgium, is believed to have adopted the Islamic faith when he was in his mid-teenage years before becoming involved with radical Salafist organisation, Sharia4Belgium. Dimitri Bontinck believes his son was brainwashed by the group, which calls for Belgium to be turned into an Islamist state. The group is also known for opposing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Dimitri Bontinck recounted his failed mission to find his son, telling RT: "They kidnapped me, they put a cap on me, I was almost dead. They suspected me of being a spy, working for the CIA, so it was an amazing mission and at least I came back here to Belgium with empty hands because these radical people, these leaders, these emirs of Sharia, they don't give me the opportunity to see my own son, so where's the respect for a father from the West to see his son?"

Belgium: Father of Belgian jihadist speaks out01:01
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Belgium: Father of Belgian jihadist speaks out

Dimitri Bontinck is the father of an 18-year-old Belgian convert to Islam who is now believed to be fighting in the Syrian conflict as a jihadist. Bontinck, who travelled to Syria in the hope of finding his son, Jejoen, and bringing him back to Belgium, failed after he was denied contact with his son.

Jejoen, who was brought up in Belgium, is believed to have adopted the Islamic faith when he was in his mid-teenage years before becoming involved with radical Salafist organisation, Sharia4Belgium. Dimitri Bontinck believes his son was brainwashed by the group, which calls for Belgium to be turned into an Islamist state. The group is also known for opposing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Dimitri Bontinck recounted his failed mission to find his son, telling RT: "They kidnapped me, they put a cap on me, I was almost dead. They suspected me of being a spy, working for the CIA, so it was an amazing mission and at least I came back here to Belgium with empty hands because these radical people, these leaders, these emirs of Sharia, they don't give me the opportunity to see my own son, so where's the respect for a father from the West to see his son?"

Top downloads in last 24 hours
04:17
Yuyuan Garden illuminated as Lantern Festival kicks off in Shanghai despite pandemicYuyuan Garden illuminated as Lantern Festival kicks off in Shanghai despite pandemic
February 27, 2021 at 14:20 GMT +00:00
01:22
Kazakhstan: Flamingos unexpectedly land on Karakol Lake in winter Kazakhstan: Flamingos unexpectedly land on Karakol Lake in winter
February 26, 2021 at 21:17 GMT +00:00
02:29
Iraq: Protests continue in Nasiriyah day after Dhi Qar governor resignsIraq: Protests continue in Nasiriyah day after Dhi Qar governor resigns
February 27, 2021 at 20:02 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:44
Syria: *STILLS* capture aftermath of US airstrikes on purported Iranian-backed militiaSyria: *STILLS* capture aftermath of US airstrikes on purported Iranian-backed militia
February 26, 2021 at 15:13 GMT +00:00
02:06
Tunisia: Ennahda Movement supporters rally in Tunis amid rising political tensionTunisia: Ennahda Movement supporters rally in Tunis amid rising political tension
February 27, 2021 at 16:25 GMT +00:00
01:54
Iran: 'Snow Moon' lights up skies over TehranIran: 'Snow Moon' lights up skies over Tehran
February 27, 2021 at 23:43 GMT +00:00
02:32
France: 'Yellow Vest' protesters march through Paris against Macron policiesFrance: 'Yellow Vest' protesters march through Paris against Macron policies
February 28, 2021 at 00:18 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:55
Antarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice ShelfAntarctica: Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice Shelf
February 28, 2021 at 06:10 GMT +00:00
00:44
USA: Massive industrial fire in Compton blackens LA skyUSA: Massive industrial fire in Compton blackens LA sky
February 26, 2021 at 19:04 GMT +00:00
01:53
Armenia: Drone footage captures anti-Pashinyan protest in YerevanArmenia: Drone footage captures anti-Pashinyan protest in Yerevan
February 26, 2021 at 21:44 GMT +00:00
03:00
Spain: Several arrested at Barcelona rally over jailed rapper Pablo HaselSpain: Several arrested at Barcelona rally over jailed rapper Pablo Hasel
February 27, 2021 at 22:41 GMT +00:00
02:15
Denmark: Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters march through CopenhagenDenmark: Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters march through Copenhagen
February 28, 2021 at 01:10 GMT +00:00
02:06
Chile: Police use water cannon and tear gas against protesters in SantiagoChile: Police use water cannon and tear gas against protesters in Santiago
February 27, 2021 at 14:47 GMT +00:00
02:59
Argentina: Demonstrators protest in Buenos Aires over 'VIP vaccine' scandalArgentina: Demonstrators protest in Buenos Aires over 'VIP vaccine' scandal
February 28, 2021 at 02:49 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:49
Kazakhstan: Russia’s weather satellite launches from Baikonur CosmodromeKazakhstan: Russia’s weather satellite launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome
February 28, 2021 at 08:03 GMT +00:00
02:39
Tanzania: New COVID-19 measures announced following mounting pressureTanzania: New COVID-19 measures announced following mounting pressure
February 27, 2021 at 09:49 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:56
Russia: US warned us only minutes before air strikes in Syria - LavrovRussia: US warned us only minutes before air strikes in Syria - Lavrov
February 26, 2021 at 14:06 GMT +00:00
02:20
Israel: Hundreds violate COVID restrictions to attend Tel Aviv street party ahead of Purim holidayIsrael: Hundreds violate COVID restrictions to attend Tel Aviv street party ahead of Purim holiday
February 26, 2021 at 23:23 GMT +00:00
02:37
Germany: Dusseldorf imposes loitering ban on Rhine promenade amid pandemicGermany: Dusseldorf imposes loitering ban on Rhine promenade amid pandemic
February 27, 2021 at 20:14 GMT +00:00
04:09
Bolivian teacher invests salary to install cubicles against COVID-19 on classroom desksBolivian teacher invests salary to install cubicles against COVID-19 on classroom desks
February 26, 2021 at 16:35 GMT +00:00
View all videos