FORMER TURKISH AGENT DETAINED ON SUSPICION OF KIDNAPPING TWO SYRIAN REFUGEES THEN DELIVERED INTO THE HANDS OF THE ASSAD REGIME.

An ex operative for the MIT, Turkey’s intelligence organization, referred to only by the initials OS in that country’s news accounts, was placed in Turkish custody along with four others in early February, awaiting indictment on charges related to the kidnapping of two former Syrian military officers from a refugee camp in Hatay province, and their forcible return to Syria. Acceptance of the indictment by the high criminal court in Adana, a southern city, would result in the scheduling of trial. OS is purported to have kidnapped Colonel Hussein Harmush and Major Mustafa Kassum at the Altinozu camp this past August 29th, employing fake documents to facilitate the colonel’s removal from the refugee settlement. Allegedly Harmush was subsequently transported to Syria on a boat by confederates of OS. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet claimed Kassum likewise had fallen into Syrian hands. Colonel Harmush attracted worldwide attention after his June escape to Turkey by the press interviews in which he denounced the government of President Bashar Al Assad for the murder of civilians. Furthermore, he took part in marshaling anti-Assad military forces. Reports circulated that the Syrian regime had placed a price of Dh 367,300 (equivalent to $100,000) on Harmush’s head. Once he was back in his homeland, Syrian national television broadcast his supposed confessions in September. The Syrian League for Human Rights, a group with no government affiliation, disclosed on January 30th Harmush’s execution. What happened to Kassum is uncertain.

The arrest of OS took place on February 3 upon arrival in Turkey from a trip to Syria, according to news accounts. A large sum of American money was uncovered in his car’s trunk. OS’s dismissal from the MIT was predicated on police provided proof, encompassing wiretapped telephone communications amongst other evidence, linking him to the kidnappings of intelligence officials. The current situation very likely has proven highly uncomfortable for Turkish authorities because of their public embrace of Syrian refugees.


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