Six men who attacked the offices of Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ have been remanded in custody pending trial, by order of Senior Judge Tajan Reynar at Nicosia Court.
Umit Taş, Ahmet Turkmen, Bayram Ak, Mehmet Ipek, Oktay Güney and Abdulhadi Doğan were ordered to remain in custody for a maximum of one month while awaiting trial. Meanwhile, the police are still searching for nine others suspected of taking part in the violent attack against the newspaper.
Following a headline published by ‘Afrika’ on Sunday, 21 January, saying that Turkey was invading Afrin, Syria implying that it had done the same in Cyprus in 1974, crowds of angry protestors swarmed outside the newspaper’s offices throwing eggs, bottles of water and stones. They broke windows, tore down the newspaper’s sign and threatened the proprietor, chief editor Sener Levent.
Security measures were in place in Nicosia while the defendants were take to court.
Representative for the YDP (Turkish Settlers’ Party) Bertan Zaroğlu was at court to show support for the detainees.