Mur­der sus­pect named

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PO­LICE have named a Pak­istani man as their prime sus­pect in the mur­der of an artist and teacher who was throt­tled with his own belt last week.

De­tec­tives is­sued a pic­ture of Muham­mad Sal­man, (right) whom they want to ques­tion over the killing of Hasan Işık Özgöç­men, 53.

Greek Cypriot au­thor­i­ties have also been alerted via the Bi­com­mu­nal Com­mit­tee on Crime and Crim­i­nal Mat­ters af­ter it was de­ter­mined that Sal­man may have fled to the South af­ter Mr Özgöç­men’s body was found in wood­land at İskele on Septem­ber 30.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered that Mr Özgöç­men had a sec­ond mo­bile phone, and are said to have de­ter­mined from it that the mur­der took place dur­ing the day­time on Fri­day, Septem­ber 28.

Sub­se­quent checks of se­cu­rity cam­era footage in the area re­vealed a sec­ond per­son near the vic­tim shortly be­fore the mur­der, and po­lice iden­ti­fied him as Sal­man, a Pak­istani na­tional liv­ing in Le­fkoşa since 2015.

He is said to have worked at three or four places dur­ing this pe­riod, in­clud­ing a tile fac­tory at Haspo­lat, but to have been un­em­ployed since June and there­fore cur­rently an il­le­gal res­i­dent.

Kıbrıs news­pa­per re­ported that po­lice had ques­tioned a friend of the sus­pect last Fri­day, and had learned that Sal­man had told him: “I did some­thing very bad and I am go­ing to go to Li­mas­sol, in the South.”

Biom­mu­nal com­mit­tee head Hakkı Önen said the in­for­ma­tion had been con­veyed to po­lice in the South but there had been no re­sponse yet.

Asked if the sus­pect might be handed back if found in the South, he said there was no such agree­ment, but they would con­sider the sit­u­a­tion af­ter an im­mi­nent Euro­pean Hu­man Rights Court de­ci­sion in a case about lack of co­op­er­a­tion on crime be­tween the two sides.

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