Holder of Syrian passport found at attack scene passed via Greek island – police

The holder of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the Paris gunmen passed though the Greek island of Leros in October, a Greek minister says.

INTERNET (NOVEMBER 14, 2015) (GREEK POLICE WEBSITE) – A statement by a Greek minister on the Greek police website on Saturday (November 14) said the holder of a Syrian passport found near the body of one gunman responsible for Friday’s attacks in Paris had crossed into the European Union through the Greek island of Leros in October.

“On the case of the Syrian passport found at the scene of the terrorist attack. We announce that the holder of the passport passed through Leros on October 3, 2015 where he was identified according to EU rules, as decided at the summit on the refugee issue. We do not know if the passport was checked by other countries which the holder was likely to have passed through. Under difficult circumstances we will continue the painstaking and persistent effort to ensure the security of our country and Europe, insisting on the complete identification of the refugee stream passing through,” the statement said.

A Greek police source said the passport’s owner was a man who had arrived in Leros with 69 refugees and had his fingerprints taken. Police declined to give his name.

French authorities on Saturday evening had not yet said if the passport belonged to any of those who carried out the bomb and gun attacks in Paris on Friday (November 13) that killed 129 people.