Turkish Cypriot Lawyer Held in Italy Over Cypriot Property Sale

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A Turkish Cypriot lawyer was arrested in Italy, it emerged on Tuesday, with reports linking the arrest to the sale of Greek Cypriot-owned property in the north.

The lawyer, identified as Akan Kursat, is the husband of the north's "deputy parliament speaker," Fazilet Ozdenefe.

He is believed to have already appeared in an Italian court and been remanded in custody.

While the specific circumstances surrounding Kursat's arrest remain unclear, it is known that European arrest warrants were issued against him and his father in 2004 regarding the sale of Greek Cypriot property.

These arrest warrants were subsequently lifted, and Kursat can now cross freely to the Republic of Cyprus, as evidenced by his recent flight from Larnaca airport to Italy.

However, it is possible that the Italian authorities may have failed to remove Kursat's name from their list.

Cypriot police spokesman Christos Andreou told the Cyprus Mail that he had received no information from the Italian authorities regarding any such arrest.

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