Turkish national Erdinç Şentürk (22) who confessed to the murder of Greek Cypriot Solomos Apostolides will face trial in Turkey.
TRNC Minister of the Interior Aysegul Baybars stated that “legally, it is not possible for the suspect to be handed back and put on trial in the TRNC”, because he is a Turkish citizen. “However if he asks for a trial in the north of Cyprus the necessary arrangements can be made”, she stated.
According to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’, Şentürk told the Turkish police that he and the murder victim had played in a casino in Kyrenia. After they had run out of money they went to a deserted place where Apostolides tried to sexually abuse him. Şentürk hit him with a stone and abandoned him without realising that Apostolides was dead. He also said that following this, he left the island for Turkey and ended up in Yalova where he surrendered to the Turkish police after he had found out that Apostolides was dead.
Mr. Apostolides’ body was discovered with a blunt trauma wound to the head in a wooded area near the Kyrenia-Degirmenlik main road.