Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Manila deports Armenian terror suspect

Philippines authorities have expelled an Armenian man suspected of links to terrorist activities.

Khachik Aslanyan, 41, was put on an Aeroflot flight for Yerevan with Filipino escorts, immigration chief Andrea Domingo said in a statement. Aslanyan was an "undesirable alien and a threat to national security and safety", she said.

He was arrested with a grenade in Vancouver in November 1997 while travelling aboard a commercial flight from Manila and later served time in a Canadian jail, she said.

Aslanyan later returned to the Philippines and was arrested in Manila on November 21 at the request of Turkey, which feared he was plotting to bomb the Turkish embassy in Manila, Domingo said. He escaped from detention two days later but was recaptured in early December following a nationwide manhunt.