Tuesday night the Ataturk airport in Istanbul was hit by an attack in which 45 people were killed and 239 people were injured. All the findings indicate that the IS terrorist group is behind the attack, stated by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Minister of Interior Efkan Ala.
Government sources report that the three perpetrators were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The suspected mastermind of the attacks, the Chechen Ahmed Chataev appears to be protected for years by Europe.
Chataev requested asylum in Austria early 2003, which protected him to be delivered to Russia on terrorism. The man joined in 2015 ISIS and is now fighting in Syria, reports the Turkish media in accordance to police sources.
Chataev trained extremists who then carried out terrorist attacks in both Russia and Western Europe. The man has long been hunted by the Russian authorities. He asked for asylum in Europe in order to avoid to be hand over.
Arrested in Sweden, arrested in Ukraine
He is associated with Dokka Umarov, a Chechen terrorist who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in Moscow in 2010 and the bombing at Domodedovo Airport.
The mastermind behind the attack in Istanbul is since 2003 on a terror list in Russia due to the financing of terrorism, recruitment of extremists and membership of a terrorist organization, according to Russian media.
However, he received asylum in Austria in the same year. In 2008 he was arrested in Sweden because police found Kalashnikovs, explosives and ammunition in his car. Two years later, he was arrested for similar offenses in Ukraine.
Russia asked for extradition, but the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Ukraine could not turn him over. Amnesty International also urged the Ukrainian authorities not to deport to Chataev.
Amnesty said in a statement that there was “reasonable fear that Chataev would be tortured upon return to force him to confess.” In addition, according to the organization exists the risk of a dishonest process. The court ruled then neither Amnesty or the charges against Chataev were justified or not.
Amnesty voerde in 2010 actie om man niet uit te leveren aan Rusland. Man nu genoemd als mastermind Istanbul-aanslag. https://t.co/LaOLQgn239
— Harald Doornbos (@HaraldDoornbos) July 1, 2016
Arrested by Bulgarian-Turkish border
A year later Chataev was arrested again, this time when he crossed the border between Turkey and Bulgaria, but again emphasized human rights organizations that Chataev had refugee status in Austria and for that reason should not be extradited to Russia, the newspaper Kommersant reported.
He lived between 2012 and 2015 in Georgia, after which he traveled to Syria to eventually occupy a high position in Islamic State. In October 2015, the US government placed him at last on a terror list due to the recruitment of extremists.
In this way, a person who was wanted by Russia on terrorism but was protected by Europe and Amnesty, had enough freedom to plot a terrorist attack in which 45 people died.
If there had been less political harassment between Europe and Russia, these 45 people were probably still be alive. And in light of these revelations, you may wonder what the function of the ubiquitous NSA is.