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Who’s next ?

The shock effect of the arrest of Shimon Mistriel Aykut, one of the members of Afik Group which manages Caesar Projects, in Southern Cyprus continues.

The shock effect of the arrest of Shimon Mistriel Aykut, one of the members of  Afik Group which manages Caesar Projects, in Southern Cyprus continues.

According to the information obtained, “17 more business people who do business with TRNC’s state guarantee are on the Greek list.”

While Shimon Mistriel Aykut was detained by the Greek police while crossing from TRNC to Southern Cyprus on Friday, this situation raised the question of “Who is next now?” !

The previous day, a 5-day detention order was issued by the Nicosia Greek District Court against Shimon Mistriel Aykut, one of the members of Afik Group which manages Caesar Projects.

Aykut was accused of “constructing on (former) Greek properties in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and selling them to someone else without the knowledge of the Greek owner.”

Aykut’s solitary confinement, with the limitations of rights regarding his personal needs and access restrictions despite his advanced age also created health concerns. Also businessman; even if he is released “pending trial” at the end of the fifth day, he may be obliged not to leave the borders of Southern Cyprus. This situation may cause TRNC citizen Shimon Mistriel Aykut to reside in the South for months or years.

UNREST INCREASED

The arrest of Aykut, who has undertaken giant projects, made many business people investing in Northern Cyprus uneasy. Not only Turkish Cypriots, but also all business people from Turkey or third countries who invest in lands “declared as the property of the TRNC” can be arrested on similar charges.

The fact that the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus is a member of the European Union leaves open the possibility of arrest of all business people who made the investment and those who purchased goods from this investment (except Turkish Cypriots).

WHERE WILL THIS END?

The second arrest within six months on similar charges regarding investments made in Greek-owned lands before 1974, also brought up the question  of “Where will this all end?”.

As it is known, Lawyer Akan Kürşat was also arrested in Italy on another charge related to (former) Greek properties and sent to Southern Cyprus more than a month later. Kürşat, who was arrested in Italy with the justification of involving in the buying and selling of ancient Greek goods  in Kyrenia region, was released in the South.

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