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Turkiye authorities remand 2 Israelis in custody over espionage

November 23, 2023 at 7:02 pm

Turkish police stand guard in Istanbul, Turkey on 1 January 2017 [Kenzo Tribouillard/IP3/Getty Images]

Turkish prosecutors remanded two Israeli nationals in custody after they had been detained over suspicions of espionage under the pretext of business, Anadolu Agency reports.

An inspection by the Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Bureau of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office uncovered that the two suspects, working on behalf of Israeli intelligence, came to the Turkish metropolis to arrange a meeting with Omar A., ​​a Palestinian software developer.

According to the Prosecutor’s office, a company with links to Israeli intelligence forces had previously gathered information about Omar A., ​​sending him a job offer that the suspects told him they wanted to discuss.

They also transferred funds to Omar A.’s account for a trial project he prepared.

One of the suspects had been detained at Istanbul Airport on 7 October, on charges of “military and political espionage” upon the findings that he had links to the Israeli intelligence forces. The other was also detained for espionage in Turkiye on behalf of Tel Aviv.

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