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Cyprus PIO: Arrest warrants issued for murder of Tassos Isaac, 96-11-22

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Arrest warrants issued for murder of Tassos Isaac - 22/11/96

Cyprus Police have issued arrest warrants against four Turkish settlers and two Turkish Cypriots in connection with the murder of unarmed Greek Cypriot protester Tassos Isaac, on August 11 during a demonstration in the UN-controlled buffer zone at Dherynia village. The Cyprus Police requested Interpol's assistance for their arrest.

Attorney-General Mr Alecos Markides on Friday said that the arrest warrants were conveyed to Interpol on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference Markides said all six suspects were identified in photographs.

Isaac was beaten to death by extremists on August 11, when he was trapped in barbed wire in the buffer zone, erected by the Turkish occupation army.

The six persons against whom arrest warrants have been issued are:

- Hasim Yilmaz, a Turkish settler and former member of the Turkish Secret Service who now owns a coffee shop in the Turkish-occupied town of Kyrenia. He was identified in photographs beating Isaac.

- Neyfel Mustafa Ergun, 26 years old, a Turkish settler, serving in the illegal Turkish Cypriot police, who arrived in the occupied areas when he was child. He was identified at the scene of the crime.

- Polat Fikret Koreli, a 17-year-old Turkish Cypriot, living in the occupied town of Famagusta.

- Fikret Veli Koreli, Polat's father, a Turkish Cypriot from Paphos town and now in Famagusta, who works as a bicycle and motorcycle mechanic,

- Mehmet Mustafa Arslan, 41 years old, a Turkish settler, leader of the Turkish extremist organisation "Grey Wolves" in the occupied areas, a Nicosia resident. There is evidence that the suspect participated in Isaac's murder.

- Erhan Arikli, 40, a Turkish settler, from the former Soviet Union, living in the occupied areas for the last 10-11 years.

Mr Markides said more persons were involved in the murder but for the time being there is no evidence as to their identity. However, he said Police, were continuing investigations to identify the remaining suspects.

On October 30, the Cyprus police issued arrest warrants against five persons in connection with the premeditated murder of Solomos Solomou, shot and killed on August 14 while climbing a flagpole to lower the Turkish flag, during a demonstration to protest against the murder of his relative, Isaac.

Amongst the suspects are Kenan Akin, self-styled minister of agriculture of the illegal occupation regime, Erdal Emanet, commander of the so-called security forces in the occupied areas, Hasan Kundakci, former commander of the Turkish occupation troops in Cyprus and Attila Sab, so-called chief of police of the illegal regime.

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