ISTANBUL, April 12 Akbarzhon Jalilov, the man
Russian police suspect of blowing up a St Petersburg metro
carriage, entered Turkey in late 2015 and was deported to Russia
about a year later because of migration violations, a senior
Turkish official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The bomb tore through St Petersburg's metro system last
week, killing 14 people and wounding many more.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that
while in Turkey Jalilov "was deemed suspicious due to some
connections he had, but no action was taken as he had not done
anything illegal and there was no evidence of wrongdoing."
"However, the issue was not dropped and this person was sent
out of Turkey in December 2016 for violating their visa and
residency. In the end, a fine was given and they were deported
with an entry ban," the official said.
After leaving Turkey, Jalilov's "passage into Russia was
easy from here, it seems they (Jalilov) encountered no
problems," the official said.
(Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing
by Andrew Osborn)