Turkey says US diplomat arrested for selling fake passport to Syrian trying to travel to Germany

Turkey says US diplomat arrested for selling fake passport to Syrian trying to travel to Germany
Turkish police are seen in Istanbul. (Photo by AFP)

Turkey says a US diplomat was arrested in Istanbul last month for selling a faked copy of his passport to a Syrian man.

Istanbul police on Wednesday identified the diplomat as “D.J.K.”, working at the US Consulate in Lebanon.

According to police sources cited by Turkish media, the diplomat was arrested at Istanbul Airport on November 11 and was later transferred to jail.

D.J.K. has been charged with providing a forged passport to a Syrian who was trying to fly to Germany.

Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah said that the diplomat was accredited to only work in Lebanon, and thus was not immune from prosecution in Turkey, where he has no accreditation.

The police said they had video evidence of the diplomat exchanging clothes with the Syrian, identified by the initials R.S., at Istanbul airport before the handoff.

The diplomat received $10,000…

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