On April 20, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) executed a 19-year old man, who was deported from Turkey six months ago.
According to activists, the victim, Mohamad Aqib Hamam Tanu, was departed to Syria’s Greater Idlib, controlled by HTS and other terrorist groups, by Turkish authorities. Tano was a refuge in Turkey for the last five years.
The terrorist group accused Tanu of “infidelity,” claiming that text messages including insults to the “divine self” were found in his phone.
Locals from Tanu’s hometown, Darat Izza in northern Aleppo, denied HTS’ accusations. The locals said HTS executed Tanu because its security forces found insults to their leader, Abu Mohamad al-Julani, in his phone.
Tanu was reportedly a former member of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement. The Turkish-backed group is one of the main opponents of HTS, which indicate that the man was indeed executed because of his political believes.
Last year, dozens of non-registered Syrian refugees were arrested in Turkey and departed to the HTS-held part of Greater Idlib. Many of these refugees, especially opponents of the terrorist group, were arrested.
Turkey has repeatedly claimed that its actions in Syria are meant to ease the suffering of refugees. At the same time, Ankara hands over these same refugees to a notorious al-Qaeda-linked group which executes them for sending SMS messages.