Court bans Canadian arsonist from travel

Published 27.11.2015 22:10

A court in southwestern Turkey on Friday ordered the release of Canadian national Alexis Chapdelaine pending trial on charges of starting a forest fire but banned him from leaving the country.

Chapdelaine, 21, was around a campfire he had started, along with his Turkish girlfriend, in Fethiye, a town in the southwestern province of Muğla, when flames from the fire spread through the forest they had camped out at on Thursday. The fire gutted some five hectares of forest while Chapdelaine fled the scene after flames engulfed the area while the Turkish woman sought help from a nearby town to put out the fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire some eight hours later while Chapdelaine was found lying exhausted in a part of the forest not affected by the fire by gendarmerie troops.

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