A heated argument in Cyprus Sporting betting office in Famagusta ended in a knifing.
The assailant, Metin Dede pulled out a knife and stabbed Cafer Zorba in the stomach.
Mr Zorba is now in Famagusta state hospital where he is said to be comfortable.
Mr Dede was arrested and was in court on Friday where police established that he had been living illegally in the TRNC for the past ten years.
Police inquiries are continuing.