Austria’s new interior ministry on Wednesday refused to allow a suspected Islamic State group fighter to travel from Georgia to Vienna for emergency surgery, saying it would pose a “major” security risk.
Temirlan M, 19, is in a coma after being shot in the head during a special forces operation in northern Georgia on December 26th, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported.
He is believed to be linked to Chechen warlord Akhmed Chatayev, who is suspected of organising a 2016 attack at Istanbul’s airport.
Georgian authorities asked that the man receive emergency surgery in a Viennese hospital but a spokesman for Austria’s interior ministry said the government had vetoed his entrance to the country.
The arrival of Temirlan M would pose a “major risk to domestic security,” the spokesman said, adding that possible rescue or blackmail attempts could be made if the man entered the country.