Cyprus: "Bounty hunters" kidnapped two Cameroonians who murdered 35-year-old woman

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The murder of the 35-year-old woman took place on December 22 in occupied Nicosia - Two Greek Cypriots and a Turkish Cypriot were arrested for the "kidnapping" of the perpetrators.

Cypriot Police on Wednesday arrested two Greek Cypriots aged 46 and 37 and a 47-year-old Turkish-speaking Cypriot for the kidnapping of two Cameroonians, who were wanted by the authorities of the pseudo-state for the murder of a woman in Turkish-occupied Nicosia.

The two 32-year-old Cameroonians, after the murder of the 35-year-old Turkish-speaking Cypriot Ayça Alav on December 22, escaped out of the occupied zones into the free areas and were looking for a way to travel abroad.

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Ayça Alav was found dead from suffocation, handcuffed, in the currency exchange office she owned in Turkish-occupied Nicosia. The perpetrators had attempted to rob her.

The two Cameroonians initially found refuge in various houses that hosted them and then came into contact with a 47-year-old Turkish-speaking Cypriot who lives permanently in the free areas.

The Turkish-speaking Cypriot presented himself as a migrant smuggler and promised the two Africans that he would flee them by boat from Larnaca to Egypt.

However, together with two Greek Cypriot friends of his, 46 and 37 years old, they set a trap for the two Cameroonians and, after tying them up, loaded them into a car and, in consultation with the authorities of the pseudo-state, handed them over to the occupied territories.

In fact, they took videos with their mobile phones to prove the "arrest". It is possible that other people were also involved in the case.

It is noteworthy that they did not inform the legal authorities and the Police of the Republic of Cyprus, acting as "bounty hunters", since their goal was the reward promised by the murdered woman's husband to anyone who helped arrest the perpetrators.

The Cameroonians were yesterday taken to a so-called court of the pseudo-state, which ordered their pre-trial detention.

In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus and subsequently occupied 38% of the territory of the island, which to this day remains de facto divided with "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" (TRNC) proclaimed in 1983 following a UDI by the Turkish-speaking Cypriots.

The "TRNC" is an illegal entity as per UN Security Council Resolutions UN Security Council Resolution 541 and UN Security Council Resolution 550 and is recognised only by Turkey. The latter has, subsequently, been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for human rights violations in Cyprus.

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