MANILA (dpa) - The Philippines on Tuesday deported a suspected Armenian terrorist who was allegedly plotting to bomb the Turkish embassy in the capital.
Andrea Domingo, chief of the Immigration Bureau, said Khachik Aslanian, 41, was deported to Armenia’s capital of Yerevan aboard an Aeroflot flight. Domingo said Aslanian has also been banned from re-entering the Philippines.
Aslanian, an ex-navy seal of the former Soviet Union, was first arrested in Manila on November 21 but escaped from immigration custody two days later. He was recaptured on December 2.
The Turkish Embassy in Manila sought the assistance of Philippine security officials in arresting Aslanian, an alleged member of the separatist group Armenian National Liberation Front.
"Turkish authorities suspected that Aslanian came to Manila to plot the bombing of the Turkish Embassy here," Domingo said in a statement.
According to the Interpol, Aslanian was arrested in Vancouver, Canada in November 1997 after he was caught carrying a hand grenade while traveling aboard a Korean Airlines flight.
He was convicted and served time in jail for possessing a weapon and carrying it on an aircraft, as well as importing a forged passport.