UPDATE: George Low murder suspect expelled to Turkey after fleeing to northern Cyprus

PUBLISHED: 11:11 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 08 February 2017

George Low died after he was stabbed in the neck in Ayia Napa. Picture: Facebook

George Low died after he was stabbed in the neck in Ayia Napa. Picture: Facebook


The 22-year-old was killed while on holiday

A Turkish man wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of a Dartford man in Ayia Napa has been released from custody.

Sali Musa Ahmet, 43 and 22-year-old Mehmet Akpinar were wanted in connection with the murder of 22-year-old George Low, who was fatally stabbed in the neck when he and his friend, Ben Barker, were attacked last summer.

Mr Barker, also 22 and from Dartford, was stabbed four times in the back but is now on the road to recovery, and set to take on two half marathons to raise money for Victim Support charity later this year.

Both men were said to have fled to northern Cyprus after the killing.

According to reports in Cyprus Weekly, 22-year-old Akpinar has been expelled to Turkey following a custodial sentence for violating border crossing laws.

Musa Ahmet will reportedly remain incarcerated until June.

During a recent visit to the island, foreign secretary Boris Johnson had made a fresh appeal to hand over the suspects to Greek Cypriot police.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “Information coming out of northern Cyprus has been very limited. It would be quite wrong if the perpertrators of this horrendous crime are both able to walk free.

“I have raised this issue with both the prime minister and the Foreign Office and I am working closely with the the families and the Cypriot authorities to try and find a resolution.

“George Low and Ben Barker were victims of a wicked and unprovoked attack and their attackers should face justice. It’s almost unbelievable that one has been set free and the other one possibly following.”

To visit Mr Barker’s fundraising page, click here.

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