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Is Turkey's plan to stop flow of refugees legal?

Turkey's offer to the European Union to stop the flow of refugees to Greece is compelling — but is it legal?
A Turkish Gendarme officer detains a man believed to be a smuggler as Syrian refugees who are prevented from sailing off for the Greek island of Lesbos by dinghies wait in the background near a beach in the western Turkish coastal town of Dikili, Turkey, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS9EC6

ANKARA, Turkey — The “captain” of the sunken boat was warming himself under a blanket when the Greek coast guard officers grabbed him. They marched him to where the corpses of three of his passengers lay.

The guards forced him to kneel down, and one said, “OK, look, eh!” The guards then revealed the faces of the drowned refugees — children ages 2-4 — to one of their fathers, asking him to identify his child.

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