Turkey Confirms Presence of Iranian Agent

Published June 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Turkish intelligence services announced Monday that an Iranian ex-intelligence agent had sought asylum in Turkey and asked to be allowed to go to the United States. 

"Seyyid Behbahani, an Iranian national born in 1968, illegally entered Turkey on March 7. He requested asylum and approached the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to go to the United States," an official statement said. 

The announcement followed a statement to the US CBS television network by a man identifying himself as Ahmad Behbahani, former head of Iranian secret operations abroad but now in custody in Turkey, implicating Iran in the 1988 bombing of a PanAm jetliner over Lockerbie. 

"The man, who said he had worked for the Iranian intelligence ministry, implicated Iran in terrorist acts conducted in the past," the statement said. 

It added that the man, who was being questioned by Turkish security officials, said he had been held in Iran's Evin prison on suspicion of espionage for a foreign country. 

Earlier Monday, Iran's deputy foreign minister, Hossein Adeli, arrived in Turkey on a surprise visit amid tensions between the two countries. It was not immediately clear whether his visit was linked to the reported Iranian agent -- ANKARA (AFP) 












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