Jerusalem: The Palestinian who broke into the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv and tried to take hostages was a former member of Israel`s Shin Bet domestic security agency, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Avital Horev said his client, Nadim Injaz, was wanted by the Palestinian Authority.
Injaz, who is believed to come from the West Bank city of Ramallah, was shot in the leg and lightly wounded late on Tuesday after breaking into the Turkish mission and attempting to take a hostage in a bungled attempt to seek asylum.
"I saw my client in hospital during the night," Horev told public radio.
"During the 1990s and the early part of this decade, he stopped Palestinian attacks, saving many lives of both soldiers and Israeli citizens, but the Shin Bet, from whom he asked for protection, refused to recognise its responsibility towards him," the lawyer said.
Injaz climbed to the first storey of the building and forced his way into the embassy, armed with a knife, a jerry can and a toy gun, the Turkish foreign ministry said in Ankara.
During the fracas, Injaz was wounded and eventually turned over to the Israeli authorities. No-one from the embassy was hurt.
But the Shin Bet denied having anything to do with him.
"Nadim Injaz never worked for us and his case is being dealt with by the police," a spokesman for the security agency told AFP.
According to his lawyer, Injaz`s life would be at risk if he was sent back to the Palestinian territories.
"The Palestinian Authority has signed a death warrant against Nadim Injaz," said Horev, adding his client had been released from an Israeli jail only three weeks ago after serving time for theft and staying in Israel illegally.
But Palestinian security officials contacted by AFP denied knowing anyone of that name from Ramallah.
Injaz is believed to be the same person who was arrested in 2006 after he entering the compound of the British embassy in Tel Aviv, and threatening to commit suicide if he were not granted asylum.