Suspected terrorist refused entry to PH


    THE Bureau of Immigration has barred an Iraqi-Swedish man from entering the country as his name was in the Interpol’s list of suspected international terrorists.

    Grifton Medina, chief of the BI Ports Operation Division, said the passenger arrived at the NAIA Terminal 1 on February 5 aboard a Jetstar flight from Singapore, with three others who were also turned back and booked on the first available flight to their port of origin.

    He declined to name the suspected terrorist, citing a request of the intelligence community.

    He also said the Interpol’s database does not provide information about the person’s alleged involvement in terrorist activities.

    “The passenger was immediately excluded after the immigration officer saw that his name registered a positive hit in the Interpol’s database of suspected international terrorists,” Medina said.

    Medina said the suspected terrorist and his three companions were born in the Iraqi Kurdistan region where its inhabitants where fighting for an independent Kurdish state for decades.

    He also said that under the Immigration Act, authorities can exclude or refuse entry to a foreigner suspected of having links with a group that advocates the overthrow of a duly-constituted government.