Turkish man ‘confesses’ to Austrian authorities about plot to kill Kurdish politician

The Turkish flag is seen outside their embassy in Vienna, Austria, March 31, 2017. (Reuters)
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Updated 24 September 2020

Turkish man ‘confesses’ to Austrian authorities about plot to kill Kurdish politician

LONDON: A Turkish man who identified himself as an intelligence agent has admitted to Austrian authorities that he was ordered in August to kill a Kurdish-Austrian politician, according to media reports.
Austrian authorities are investigating the case of Feyyaz O, who claims to work for Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (known as MIT).
Turkish media outlets Ahval and ETHA said Feyyaz O confessed that he was ordered to kill Kurdish-Austrian politician Berivan Aslan, who is a member of Austria’s Green Party.
He told authorities that he had been surveilling Aslan for a while and that he reportedly booked a hotel room to wait for the politician. 
Aslan, who focuses on minorities in Austria, had previously revealed a network of Turkish intelligence agents in several Austrian provinces, including the capital Vienna. 
Those agents, according to reports, were tasked with triggering unrest among the Turkish and Kurdish communities in the country.
Earlier this month, the Austrian interior minister said that the country was preparing to bring charges against a person who confessed to spying for Turkish intelligence. 
It did not provide more details about the person’s identity at the time.


Man who spoke to Manchester bomber was ignored by security, inquiry hears

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Man who spoke to Manchester bomber was ignored by security, inquiry hears

  • Christopher Wild said he accosted Salman Abedi before he committed fatal terror attack
  • Salman Abedi would later detonate an explosive device inside Manchester Arena, killing 22 people

LONDON: A parent who spoke to a man he suspected was a terrorist at a music venue in the UK, before a fatal attack was carried out, has said his concerns were ignored by security.

Christopher Wild was at the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, to pick up his 14-year-old daughter and her friend after attending an Ariana Grande concert when he saw a man who he thought could “let a bomb off” with a rucksack hiding on a mezzanine.

The man, Salman Abedi, would later detonate an explosive device inside the arena, killing 22 people.

Wild was speaking at a public inquiry into the attack, which is taking evidence on events in the build up and aftermath of the tragedy.

He said he was waiting with his partner Julie Whitley and said: “I just thought he could be very dangerous.”

He said he had spotted Abedi with a rucksack, and his partner had said to him: “It’s a kids’ concert. Why should he be sat there with a massive rucksack out of sight of everyone? It’s just very strange.”

Wild added: “I started to think about things that happened in the world and I just thought he could be very dangerous.”

He said he addressed Abedi despite feeling “a bit bad” for thinking he might be a terrorist. Wild said he asked him: “It doesn’t look very good you know, what you see with bombs and such, you with a rucksack in a place like this. What are you doing?”

He said Abedi responded: “I’m waiting for somebody mate. Have you got the time? What time is it?”

Wild added that he then approached Mohammed Agha, an event steward at the venue who was in the foyer below the mezzanine.

“He (Agha) said he already knew about him. That was about it really,” Wild said. “It was as if he had more important things to deal with — but in no way do I blame him because the guy was already in there. There was nothing more he could do.”

Whitley was badly injured in the explosion. She told the inquiry that Abedi’s rucksack had caught her eye because it was “massive,” and she believed he might have been a “dodgy merchandiser.”