Cyprus Mail

Petition site launched for the creation of juvenile correctional facilities

The godfather of 22-year-old Michael Minas who was murdered last weekend and for which a 17-year-old has been remanded, has launched an online petition calling on the government and President Nicos Anastasiades to create adequate juvenile correctional facilities.
Minas was killed last Sunday morning by a 17-year old with whom he had personal differences. The teenage attacker was in some way involved in the investigation of at least 60 cases of car thefts, burglaries, drug trafficking and domestic violence. He spent three months in prison in 2013 for car theft – where he was housed with older other inmates – and was set to appear before court in three separate car theft cases.
“Despite his family and the police requests to the courts to have him held in custody both for his own and others safety these requests were denied as there are no adequate facilities in Cyprus to deal with juvenile offenders,” said Socrates Minas on the petition website. “We ask that the Cyprus government does all it needs to bring Cyprus in line with EU standards and the adoption of specific legislature to deal adequately with juvenile offenders including also the creation of juvenile detention centers and courts so that Michael’s death may not be in vain.”
The petition can be found here:

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