Two suspected spies for UAE detained in Turkey

Two suspected spies for UAE detained in Turkey

Turkey has arrested two suspects who confessed to spying on Arab nationals for the United Arab Emirates, and is investigating whether the arrival in Turkey of one of them was related to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

One of the two men arrived in Turkey in October 2018, days after Khashoggi was murdered inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, the official said, adding the other had arrived later to help his colleague with the workload.

"We are investigating whether the primary individual’s arrival in Turkey was related to the Jamal Khashoggi murder," the official said, adding the person had been monitored for six months before the arrests in Istanbul on Monday.

"It is possible that there was an attempt to collect information about Arabs, including political dissidents, living in Turkey," Reuters cited the official as saying.

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