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Turkish hijacker was unescorted. The man who tried to highjack a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Istanbul was travelling without an escort, despite having mental problems. According to the man’s attorney, his client was on his way home voluntarily after discovering he would not receive a residence permit in Norway, despite having applied for it several times. “I have been his attorney in connection with his case for asylum. He feared for his life by being sent home”, Sjur Vinje tells Dagbladet.

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Turkish hijacker was unescorted

Published on Friday, 7th January, 2011 at 22:26 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:44.

The man who tried to highjack a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Istanbul was travelling without an escort, despite having mental problems.

Turkish Airlines Airbus A310 (illus. ph.
Turkish Airlines Airbus A310 (illus. ph.
Photo: Dean Morley


According to the man’s attorney, his client was on his way home voluntarily after discovering he would not receive a residence permit in Norway, despite having applied for it several times.

“I have been his attorney in connection with his case for asylum. He feared for his life by being sent home”, Sjur Vinje tells Dagbladet.

The hijacker is thought to have a connection with the Kurdish separatist movement PKK (Kurdistan Partîya Karkeren), as well as the Turkish army, according to the paper.

“I can confirm my client has had a dual role in Turkey, which makes his situation dangerous,” says Mr Vinje.

He also criticizes the way Norwegian authorities treated his client

“He felt he was not believed. At the same time, he had major mental health problems, without receiving the treatment he needed. I contacted the health care service in western Norway several times because of inadequate follow-ups.”

Despite this, the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) allowed the man to fly without a police escort because he was not considered dangerous.

“We, the airline, and the police concluded he could travel unaccompanied,” Communications Director Bente E. Engelsland, tells Bergensavisen (BA).




Published on Friday, 7th January, 2011 at 22:26 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:44.

This post has the following tags: turkishairlines, oslogardermoen, hijacking, ataturkairport, istanbul, airplanebomb.





  
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