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Arrest of attempted murder suspect who fled to the north

Giorgos (left) and Elias Akhtar

By Constantinos Psillides
BRITISH BASES police arrested 35-year-old attempted murder suspect Giorgos Akhtar on Sunday, when he tried to enter the government controlled areas at the Pergamos checkpoint near Xylofagou village.
Giorgos is one of the main suspects in a murder attempt on a 37-year-old betting shop owner from Xylofagou in 2013. He and his brother Elias are also wanted for questioning in relation with a series of burglaries. They both fled to the north in December 2013.
According to the police report, Giorgos was arrested while riding in a taxi on his way from the north to the government controlled areas. Bases police waited for his taxi to clear the Pergamos checkpoint before arresting him. Giorgos reportedly resisted arrest and tried to flee but police finally apprehended him.
He is to appear before court on Tuesday morning.
The notorious Akhtar brothers had a number of run-ins with the law, beginning in 2007 when they attacked police officers who raided their house in search for drugs.
Joined by their then 57-old-year father, the Akhtars attacked police officers with swords they had in their houses.
The father was arrested but the Akhtars fled to the Greek island of Mykonos where they were spotted a month later by two police officers by accident. The police officers were on the Greek island on holiday with their families.
At the time of their arrest, the pair had in their possession Lithuanian passports and falsified travel documents which they were believed to have obtained while in Turkey.
They were brought back to Cyprus where Giorgos was sentenced to four and a half years and Elias three and a half years in prison.
Even in jail the Akhtars caused troubles for authorities, leading a prison protest to complain about the state of Central Prisons. Giorgos Akhtar also sent a letter to the media protesting prison conditions and claiming that they had been mistreated by prison guards.
They were released in 2012.

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