“Risseghem left Lint (his home address) on September 16 1961, saying he would go to Katanga ‘to resume the fight’.”
VSSE report (September 20 1961)
On January 12 2019, The Guardian confirmed that Belgian mercenary Jan van Risseghem was indeed the person responsible for the death of Dag Hammarskjold and his crew, as previously reported by Intel Today. But some people quickly objected that Risseghem had an alibi. Really? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
In November 2017, a very credible source told INTEL TODAY that Jan Van Risseghem was the Belgian mercenary responsible for the death of Dag Hammarskjold.
But there was just one ‘glitch’. The Belgian State Security Services — VSSE — had provided Jan Van Risseghem with a rock solid alibi.
However, newly released official documents from the VSSE show that this alibi is a pure fabrication…
[Belgian journalist Bruno Struys really deserves our respect for his persistent and excellent work in trying to get access to these documents. Great article published by the Flemish Newspaper De Morgen! Expect some updates very soon…]
On September 19 1961 — a day after the plane crash that killed Dag Hammarskjöld — the Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister asked Ludovic Caeymaex — the General Director of State Security — to investigate the ‘whereabouts’ of a well-known Belgian pilot Jan van Risseghem.
According to Caeymaex, Van Risseghem did not leave Belgium for Elizabethville — via Paris — until 18 September 1961. According to the then VSSE Director, Risseghem arrived in the Katangese capital on 21 September 1961.
However, a VSSE report dated September 20 1961, provides the following contradictory information.
“Risseghem left Lint (his home address) on September 16 1961, saying he would go to Katanga ‘to resume the fight’.” (REPORT OF STATE SECURITY OF 20 SEPTEMBER 1961)
A VSSE report dated September 21 1961 confirms this information and states that he flew to Paris in the evening of September 16 1961 and then to Katanga.
“On Saturday, September 16th, 1961, he did leave Lint, and following his own declarations to go to the Katanga, where he would serve again in the national Air Force of this republic.
On the mentioned date he would have travelled from Brussels by airplane at 1700 hrs with an ordinary flight Brussels-Paris.
From this last named city he would have travelled further to the Katanga.”
In a note (October 1961) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Caeymaex states that Van Risseghem was in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 September 1961.
“Risseghem presented himself in Brussels to the Délégation Katangaise to arrange his administrative and financial situation.”
But an official document demonstrates that Van Risseghem visited the Katangese delegation the day before, September 16 1961. On that day, Van Risseghem received 1,500 francs from the Katangese mission.
Third & Fourth Alibi
In the past, the receipt of a payment from the Sabena Solidarity Fund on 17 September 1961 also served as an alibi for Van Risseghem. Obviously, that is impossible.
Indeed, It appears that someone else — with power of attorney — collected that payment.
And of course, his own diary indicates that Van Risseghem was still in Belgium on September 17 1961. But it has long been known that the diary had been ‘doctored’ by his wife.
A Simple Question
Based on this evidence and the length of the flight, it appears that Van Risseghem could have been in Katanga before noon on September 17 1961.
Why did the Belgian Intelligence services fabricate an alibi for Jan Van Risseghem?
PS: The documents listed in this post were translated and posted online by Victor Rosez.
Hammarskjöld — Whodunit? Not the Guy In the Movie — Times of Israel
Belgische inlichtingendiensten geven Hammarskjöld-documenten vrij (Bood de Staatsveiligheid piloot Jan van Risseghem een alibi?) by Bruno Struys — De Morgen
Dag Hammarskjold — Belgian Intel Agency Made Up Mercenary Alibi