'I arrived as a tourist.' Trinidad and Tobago
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Israeli nabbed in Trinidad and Tobago

Michael Agronov of Tel-Aviv arrested in Caribbean country for suspicion of involvement in four terror attacks; Israeli Foreign Ministry officials say handling of case by local authorities ‘strange’

An Israeli has been arrested in Trinidad and Tobago for suspicion of involvement in four terror attacks that have occurred in the Caribbean country over the past month, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Tuesday.


Local police officials said Michael Agronov (26) of Tel-Aviv was arrested last Friday in a hut located in the middle of a forest, where officers found a fake passport stamp, electrical wires, electronic devices and a blowtorch.


However, on Monday police filed and indictment against Agronov, accusing him only of illegal residency in the country and forging immigration documents.


Agronov is denying the allegations, claiming he arrived in Trinidad and Tobago as a tourist on October 17 and was planning to leave on November 31.


For the past two days the Foreign Ministry, with the assistance of the Israeli embassy in Venezuela, has been trying to obtain further information regarding the arrest, but Trinidad and Tobago authorities have not been cooperating.


Giora Luterstein, Israel’s consul in Caracas has sent an urgent missive to the Foreign Ministry in Trinidad and Tobago asking for more details on the matter.


Israeli Foreign Ministry sources said the conduct of the local authorities in the affair is “strange.”


More than 20 people were injured in the terror attacks.


פרסום ראשון: 11.08.05, 09:27
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