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Turkish Arsonist Arrested in South Cyprus

Turkish Arsonist Arrested in South Cyprus

May 24
10:32 2018

Fugitive Turkish national Yilmaz Gümüş who escaped while in hospital in Kyrenia was re-captured in Paphos on Wednesday.

A Greek Cypriot Police Press Officer confirmed to TAK news agency that Gümüş, who escaped from Dr Akçiçek Hospital in Kyrenia after being taken ill on May 8, 2018, had been arrested.

Another man accompanying Gümüş was also arrested. Both were found with a quantity of cannabis, according to CyBC.

Reports say that he will face charges in South Cyprus for illegal entry and charges related to having false documents in his possession.

Gümüş was given three life sentences in the UK in 2005 for causing the deaths of three people and seriously injuring another after lighting a fire in the hallway of a block of flats in Stoke Newington, North London, in 2003.

After sentencing, he asked to serve out his time in Turkey. Gümüş managed to escape from a Turkish prison in 2015. He was thought to be hiding in North Cyprus since that time. Gümüş was arrested by Turkish Cypriot police earlier this month. He complained of feeling ill and was taken to Kyrenia State hospital but escaped.

Cyprus Mail, Kibris News Agency