Turkish Cypriot police are looking into whether a Syrian man – recently arrested trying in the north – is connected to terrorist activity in Turkey.
The man was placed under arrest after he was caught hiding in a lorry that was about to disembark off a ship at Famagusta port that had arrived from Mersin on February 13. The Syrian man had identified himself as Muhammed Elmenneg but later police had found out that his real name was Hamdo Khalif Aljriwi. The suspect was arrested along with the driver of the lorry, named as being Kenan Adali, and both have been remanded in custody while investigations continue.
Suspicious police officials have told reporters that there is so far no evidence linking the two to any recent terrorist attacks in Turkey but have asked a Turkish Cypriot court to renew the remand request for the duo.
Citing a possible flight risk, the court accepted the police’s request adding that they should not be held without charge for longer than a month.