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Man suspected of Aiya Napa murder jailed in TRNC for border violations

9 December 2016

A man suspected of murdering UK tourist George Low in Ayia Napa has been given a prison sentence of one year for series of illegal border crossings.

On Thursday, a Turkish military court found that Sali Musa Ahmet, over the past five years, had systematically “violated the check point military zone” after crossing the border a total of 670 times using a forged passport.

Ahmet had been identified as the man who fatally stabbed 22 year old Low in August this year. Low’s companion Ben Barker was stabbed several times in the back but recovered fully.

Ahmet’s accomplice in the suspected murder, Mehmet Akpinar, had previously been sentenced to three months in jail on similar charges but has since been released for time already served whilst in custody.

The south Cyprus police had sent a request to the UN bi-communal technical committee on crime and criminal matters for help to return the two suspects to the authorities in the south. The committee was unable to act since the two men had used the border crossing illegally and the matter had fallen into the hands of the Turkish Military.

The south Cyprus police say that the two men had fled across the border to the north to avoid arrest.

In August, they had appeared before a military court in the TRNC on charges of violating a military zone at the Yigitler Bastion in north Nicosia.

Cyprus Weekly

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