Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Thursday that terrorists should not be allowed to find refuge in the north, but the fight to identify and apprehend members of the Fettullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETO) should not violate the rule of law.
In his statement with regards to the investigation on FETO, a name given to the religious order headed by cleric Fettullah Gulen who is being accused of organising the coup attempt in Turkey last year, Akinci said that no terrorist organisation should be allowed to find refuge in the “TRNC”.
FETO was included in the list of terrorist organisations by the Turkish Cypriot authorities after the 15 July coup attempt last year.
According to the reports in the north, dozens of police officers and hundreds of civilians are on the list of those suspected to be linked with Gulen.
Denying that he also had a list or alleged suspects, Akinci said “Everyone has a duty to act responsibly to bring this process to a conclusion; with fairness, without transcending the boundaries of law and without deviating from justice.”
Pointing out the importance of eliminating possible infiltrations of criminals into the police force in the north, Akinci said the authorities must work to hand over the criminals to justice once concrete evidence is found.
Akinci cautioned that speculation and false tip-offs must not be allowed to overshadow justice.
“Not even one innocent person should be deprived of his/her freedom”.