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British tourist murder suspects remain in custody

24 August 2016

Two men wanted in connection with a murder in South Cyprus were taken to court in Nicosia yesterday. The court ordered that they be remanded in custody for two more days.

Mehmet Akpinar (22) and Salim Ahmed Musa (43) are charged with a first degree violation of a military zone when they re-entered the TRNC. The police made no statement about their alleged involvement with a stabbing which took place a week ago on Sunday in Aiyia Napa. Neither men denied the violation charge.

Meanwhile, Famagusta District CID have sent a request for the Turkish Cypriot authorities to hand over the two men, as they are the main suspects in a murder case.

On Sunday 14th August, British tourist George Low (22) died of stab wounds after an altercation between himself, a friend and the two men in custody. His friend also received stab wounds but survived the attack. Following the event, the two men fled, later to be arrested by TRNC police for violating a military zone.

Hakki Celal Onen, co-chairman of the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Matters, confirmed that the Greek Cypriot police had sent a written request to the committee asking for the two suspects to be returned.

Currently, the subject has not yet been investigated. After the completion of the judicial process, a decision will be made. Cyprus will be decided after the judicial process is completed,” he said.

Kibris Gazetesi

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