Dartford MP to Visit Cyprus About George Low Murder

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson will be visiting the authorities on both sides of Cyprus to ask why the two men accused of murdering George Low in August 2016 have not been brought to justice.

North Cyprus News - Sali Ahmed - Mehmet AkpinarOn Sunday 14 August, 2016, George Low and his friend Ben Barker were stabbed by Mehmet Akpinar 22 and Sali Musa Ahmet 43, following an argument outside a nightclub in Ayia Napa. Both men fled across the border to the TRNC. They were arrested in Kyrenia on 19 August, charged and tried at a military court for entering a military zone. However, no charges were brought for George Low’s murder and the grievous assault on his friend Barker. Ahmet, a Turkish national, who was imprisoned for crossing the border through a military zone numerous time since 2011, was released at the end of June 2017 and Akpinar from Bulgaria, was released in January 2017.

Reportedly the two alleged assailants, had confessed to killing the British tourist to the authorities, after they had fled to the North.

North Cyprus News - Salih Ahmet - Mehmet AkpinarThe South Cyprus police had issued arrest warrants for the two men, which remain outstanding as the authorities in the north refused to hand them over. In December 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May called on the authorities in the TRNC to hand their prisoners over to South Cyprus.

Gareth Johnson MP said that a member of his constituency had been murdered yet no one had been called to account. Now, Johnson will travel to Cyprus to meet with government officials and police officers on both sides of the border to demand answers.

He said: “I am travelling to Cyprus to seek answers for the families of George and Ben and to try and kickstart the investigation into this dreadful crime which seems to have stalled.

These crimes have had a devastating impact on the lives of two families and their friends and the fact the suspects are free is only adding to their heartache.

North Cyprus News - Gareth Johnson MPJohnson added he is in regular contact with the Foreign Office and the families of George and Ben, but noted that very little progress had been made since the attacks.

He said: “As the MP for Dartford, I am not prepared to allow this matter to continue to drift so I have decided to travel to Cyprus to do what I can to obtain justice for George and Ben.

I will be meeting with senior police officers and government officials, both in the North and South of Cyprus, to ascertain what is happening with the investigation and the international efforts to bring those responsible to justice.

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