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Father-son duo released in the north

Turkish Cypriot judge fines two Greek Cypriots for breaching military zone in search of granny's home


The father and son, who were arrested in the north on entry violations, have been released from custody after being fined 215 euros each for illegally crossing into a military zone.

The two Greek Cypriots, 47-year-old Anastasis Martis and his son Michalis, aged 25, had been arrested by Turkish Cypriot police for “illegally entering a military zone” while driving in the area of Strovilia on Saturday afternoon.

The two men appeared before a Turkish Cypriot judge on Monday and were each fined 1500 Turkish lira before being set free.

The father-son duo had been on a house-finding mission to see grandma’s house. But while driving, authorities in the north said they entered a forbidden area and were immediately arrested.

The grandmother of the low-income family in the south said that their only mistake was going into an area to see her house in the north.

“The only offence they are guilty of is wanting to show him grandma’s home,” she said.

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