Turkey probes deportation of alleged militant back to Egypt

2019-02-06 16:21


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Turkey has launched an investigation into eight police officers over the deportation of an Egyptian national to Cairo, where he could face the death penalty.

The Istanbul governor's office said late on Tuesday that a committee would probe the deportation in January of alleged Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Abdel-Hafiz. Eight officers at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport passport control had been suspended pending the investigation.

Officials in Egypt say Abdel-Hafiz was sentenced to death in absentia in July 2017 following his conviction along with others for the 2015 assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor. He was likely to face a new trial.

Hisham Barakat was the most senior government official killed by Islamic militants since the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president whose one-year rule proved divisive.

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