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Media Watch 2011

03 August 2011
Source: Famagusta Gazette
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British suspect extradited to Cyprus to stand trial
A British man suspected of usurping Greek Cypriot properties, occupied since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974,will be extradited to Cyprus today.

The Cyprus News Agency reports the unnamed 48-year-old suspect will be brought before Nicosia District Court on Thursday.

Police Spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said that the suspect, who was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Cypriot authorities, will be handed over to Cyprus Police officers.

The officers are already in London after a decision was taken by the British authorities to extradite the man in relation to a case of usurpation of Greek Cypriot properties in Cyprus’ Turkish occupied areas.

Katsounotos said the British national was suspected of conspiracy to commit felony and misdemeanour, illegal possession, distribution and use of property belonging to another person, in addition to obtaining money by false representations and other similar offences relating to illegal exploitation of Greek Cypriot properties located in northern Cyprus.

He added that these offences were committed during 2004 and 2005 at the occupied village of Klepini in Kyrenia district.

Katsounotos confirmed that the suspect will be brought before Nicosia District court on Thursday for a remand order so that he is questioned by police and a file case is completed to be handed over to the Attorney General, who will give his final opinion on this case.

He said this is the first time such a case is brought before justice.