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Turkiye arrests U.S. diplomat suspected of selling fake passports to Syria

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A Lebanese-based diplomat was arrested after an incident at Istanbul Airport on November 11, when Syrian citizens attempted to travel to Germany using someone else’s passport.

After investigating the body of a diplomat, authorities found a passport in his name for $ 10,000 in an envelope. (AA)

A Lebanese-based US diplomat was arrested and detained in Turkey on suspicion of selling a fake passport to Syrian citizens for $ 10,000.

Syrian citizens were arrested after an incident at Istanbul Airport on November 11 when they tried to use someone else’s passport for a trip to Germany, a statement from the Istanbul Security Agency said Wednesday.

The passport was said to have belonged to a remanded diplomat working at the US Consulate in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

The statement added that security camera footage shows that the two suspects met at the airport and changed clothes there, and that a US diplomat gave the Syrians the passport in question.

After investigating the diplomat’s body, authorities found a passport in his name for $ 10,000 in an envelope, the statement added.

Syrian citizens face allegations of counterfeiting, but were released awaiting trial while US diplomats were detained.

Foreign diplomats are usually exempt from prosecution, but are subject to prosecution and punishment in uncertified countries.

The principle seems to apply to US detained diplomats certified in Lebanon rather than Turkey.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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