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AFP
January 13, 2021

Austria expels alleged Turkish spy

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AFP
January 13, 2021

VIENNA: An Italian man of Turkish origin who claimed to have been tasked with killing public figures in Austria has been expelled from the country, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Feyyaz Ozturk, 53, turned himself in to the Austrian intelligence services last year. According to former MP Berivan Aslan who is active on Kurdish issues, Ozturk had been charged with assassinating her and two others who had expressed views critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"The authorities considered him to be an imminent danger to public security and he was taken to the Italian border before Christmas," Ozturk’s lawyer Veronika Ujvarosi told AFP. Prosecutors confirmed that they had opened an investigation against Ozturk in September and subsequently charged him with conducting "military espionage on behalf of a foreign state".

Ozturk’s trial is scheduled for February 4, Vienna’s criminal court confirmed on Tuesday. According to local press reports, Ozturk had admitted to investigators that he gave false testimony to a Turkish court in a case which ended in the conviction of an employee at the US consulate in Istanbul last June on terror charges.