Min­is­ter orders probe of po­lice over as­sault in­volv­ing prom­i­nent busi­ness­man Aka­can and his body­guards

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AN IN­VES­TI­GA­TION has been or­dered into events fol­low­ing the al­leged as­sault of two men in a Girne restau­rant by prom­i­nent TRNC busi­ness­man Bu­lut Aka­can and his body­guards.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ayşegül Bay­bars called for the probe to be car­ried out ur­gently to es­tab­lish if po­lice ac­tion af­ter the in­ci­dent had been ap­pro­pri­ate, in a let­ter she sent to the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and chief of po­lice on Wed­nes­day.

Aka­can and two of his body­guards have been charged with se­ri­ous as­sault and caus­ing dam­age in the restau­rant fol­low­ing a dis­pute over money, it was re­ported.

Af­ter be­ing re­manded in cus­tody Aka­can was taken to hos­pi­tal com­plain­ing of chest pains, and was ad­mit­ted to the pri­vate Dr Suat Günsel Hos­pi­tal. He was later trans­ferred to the state hos­pi­tal in Le­fkoşa.

In a state­ment is­sued fol- low­ing re­ceipt of the min­is­ter’s let­ter, the Gen­eral Direc­torate of Po­lice said the al­leged as­saults were still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­jected sug­ges­tions that the team of of­fi­cers in­volved had been changed.

The state­ment went on to say that an of­fi­cer would be specif­i­cally in­structed to look into the is­sue of Aka­can be­ing taken first to Girne State Hos­pi­tal be­fore his trans­fer to the pri­vate Dr Suat Gun­sel Hos­pi­tal. As soon as it was learned at a se­nior level that Aka­can was in a pri­vate fa­cil­ity, his po­lice es­cort was or­dered to re­move him and take him to the Car­di­ol­ogy Unit at Le­fkoşa State Hos­pi­tal, where he was kept un­der ob­ser­va­tion.

The as­saults were said to have in­volved Aka­can and two of his body­guards, Orçun Özorçun and Vasif Kur­banov, who were said to have be­come in­volved in a fight with Erhan Başay, who was sit­ting in the restau­rant with Zeki Ası­moğlu and Hüseyin Soyel. Mr Ası­moğlu was said to have in­ter­vened to stop the fight­ing, and been se­verely beaten, suf­fer­ing a brain haem­or­rhage and end­ing up in in­ten­sive care at Le­fkoşa State Hos­pi­tal.

Girne Dis­trict Court was told on Tues­day when the three de­fen­dants ap­peared that po­lice had se­cu­rity cam­era footage that clearly showed the fight­ing.

A re­quest for bail was re­fused by Judge Mel­tem Dün­dar, who or­dered that they be fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody for three days.

Bu­lut Aka­can (right) ap­peared at Girne Dis­trict Court on Tues­day

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