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Accusations fly in Kyrenia abortion trial

Lawyers defending six medics, accused of carrying out illegal abortions at a Kyrenia clinic, have accused Turkish Cypriot prosecutors of withholding evidence.

The trial in question concerns doctors and nurses that work for a clinic in Kyrenia and who have been accused by police of illegally aborting foetuses  over 10-weeks-old between 2013 and 2016. The foetuses were discovered buried near the Hazreti Omer Tekke near Ayios Epikitos (Catalkoy).

The medics had previously pleaded not guilty but the trial has yet to get under way due to a number of disputes between the defence and prosecutors.

Earlier this week, the three-judge panel at the criminal court heard defence lawyers accuse prosecutors of withholding evidence in the trial, something that was denied by prosecutors who claim that they are still in the process of submitting evidence.

The case has stirred public opinion in the Turkish Cypriot community ever since details of the case came to light earlier this year. The medics in question have been named in court as being Fahri Karagozlu, Verda Tuncbilek, Mehmet Ali Tuncbilek, Aysegul Isbilen, Taner Okburan and anesthetist Rasiha Serdaroglu.

The court had heard evidence in July that one of the foetuses was a baby girl who was breathing when she was born.

The hearing continues on Monday.

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