Fugitives are only extradited to states source tells CNA, commenting Turkish Cypriot criticism

The Turkish Cypriot side has been constantly putting forward, during meetings of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Affairs, its demand for alleged criminals who fled to the government-controlled areas of Cyprus, to be handed over to her, however this would be illegal since fugitives can be extradited only to other states, a source has told CNA.

Invited to comment criticism by the Turkish Cypriot that alleged criminals fleeing to the government-controlled areas are not handed over to her, the same source noted that through this demand the Turkish Cypriot side seems to pursue the upgrading of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime. They have been putting forward this issue on several occasions, for a long time now, and lately during a meeting which the Technical Committee had two weeks ago, it noted.

It went on to say that the Turkish Cypriot side has adopted a more pressing attitude on this issue after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously held, in January, Turkey responsible for failing to cooperate with Cyprus in a murder case which dates back to 2005. Although initially in its Chamber judgment of April 4 2017 the Court had ruled that Nicosia was also responsible in the case of Guzelyurtlu and Others v. Cyprus and Turkey, in its final judgment the Grand Chamber judges said with 15 votes to 2 that Cyprus did all that could be reasonably expected.

According to the Court, Turkey had not made the minimum effort required in the circumstances of the case and “had ignored Cyprus’s extradition requests, returning them without reply, contrary to their obligation under Article 2, read in the light of other international agreements, to cooperate by informing the requesting State of its decision and, in the case of rejection, to give reasons. The case concerned the murder of Elmas Guzelyurtlu, his wife Zerrin, and their daughter Eylul, who in January 2005 were shot dead on the Nicosia-Larnaca highway. After the incident, their killers fled back to the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus.

Asked about the cooperation between the two communities as regards the issues with which the Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Affairs is dealing with, the same source recalled that a bicommunal Contact Office is operating in the UN-controlled buffer zone. We’ve been cooperating on many issues on which we are able to do so, for nine years now. Hundreds of cases have been dealt with so far in the framework of this cooperation, without any issue of recognition (of the pseudostate) it noted.

Moreover, it said that the Technical Committee also organizes bicommunal seminars.

Cyprus has been divided sine 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Fugitives are only extradited to states source tells CNA, commenting Turkish Cypriot criticism

The Turkish Cypriot side has been constantly putting forward, during meetings of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Affairs, its demand for alleged criminals who fled to the government-controlled areas of Cyprus, to be handed over to her, however this would be illegal since fugitives can be extradited only to other states, a source has told CNA.

Invited to comment criticism by the Turkish Cypriot that alleged criminals fleeing to the government-controlled areas are not handed over to her, the same source noted that through this demand the Turkish Cypriot side seems to pursue the upgrading of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime. They have been putting forward this issue on several occasions, for a long time now, and lately during a meeting which the Technical Committee had two weeks ago, it noted.

It went on to say that the Turkish Cypriot side has adopted a more pressing attitude on this issue after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously held, in January, Turkey responsible for failing to cooperate with Cyprus in a murder case which dates back to 2005. Although initially in its Chamber judgment of April 4 2017 the Court had ruled that Nicosia was also responsible in the case of Guzelyurtlu and Others v. Cyprus and Turkey, in its final judgment the Grand Chamber judges said with 15 votes to 2 that Cyprus did all that could be reasonably expected.

According to the Court, Turkey had not made the minimum effort required in the circumstances of the case and “had ignored Cyprus’s extradition requests, returning them without reply, contrary to their obligation under Article 2, read in the light of other international agreements, to cooperate by informing the requesting State of its decision and, in the case of rejection, to give reasons. The case concerned the murder of Elmas Guzelyurtlu, his wife Zerrin, and their daughter Eylul, who in January 2005 were shot dead on the Nicosia-Larnaca highway. After the incident, their killers fled back to the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus.

Asked about the cooperation between the two communities as regards the issues with which the Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Affairs is dealing with, the same source recalled that a bicommunal Contact Office is operating in the UN-controlled buffer zone. We’ve been cooperating on many issues on which we are able to do so, for nine years now. Hundreds of cases have been dealt with so far in the framework of this cooperation, without any issue of recognition (of the pseudostate) it noted.

Moreover, it said that the Technical Committee also organizes bicommunal seminars.

Cyprus has been divided sine 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency