Flag-flying couple face 5 years’ jail

A young couple have expressed their anger, disappointment and bewilderment when told they were to face charges of conspiring to undermine and insult the TRNC.

Turkish Cypriots Koray Basdogrultmaci and Cinel Senem Husseyin, who are being prosecuted for flying the Republic of Cyprus flag, were staggered when they were accused of another charge.

The couple were arrested in June 2013 for flying three flags belonging to the RoC outside their home and shop in Famagusta.

“I am very angry about what happened,” Husseyin told the ‘Cyprus Mail’.

She said that their case had been postponed seventeen times and that they had been offered the alternative that her husband could agree to the charges and then charges against her would be dropped.

If they took up the offer, he would face three charges which include, disturbing the peace and non-recognition of the TRNC, which would amount to five years in jail.

“I refused, I told them we did nothing wrong, we flew the flag together, our country’s flag and we will fight this together,” Husseyin said.

After the announcement of the new charge, the couple was told that the court had adjourned until May 21.

The couple, met with Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades three weeks ago and told him that their hopes lie in the Cyprus government, are also pursuing a meeting with newly elected Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci, but so far they have not had the opportunity to meet with him.

She added that they are determined to meet with Akinci and will not give up until they do.

The couple said that if convicted, they plan to take Turkey to the European Court of Justice.

Cyprus Mail

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