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Cyprus says it arrested Kurd facing prosecution for terrorism in Germany

The presidential palace

Cyprus said on Saturday it had arrested, on the basis of a European arrest and extradition warrant, a Kurd with Turkish citizenship who faces prosecution in Germany on terrorism charges, a brief statement from the presidential palace said.

Announcements from the palace of arrests are highly unusual.

According to the statement, the suspect had been recognised in the past as a political refugee and possessed Cypriot travel documents, the statement said. His name was not released.

“The person was taken yesterday [Friday] to court and detained until the trial,” it added.

“On the basis of current legislation, the situation will be handled by the Cypriot justice system, which must decide whether to execute the European warrant within a period of sixty days,” it added.

According to Phileleftheros, the suspect is 60-years-old and has lived in Cyprus for years. He was, the report said, arrested at Larnaca airport on his way out of the island.

The arrest warrant, it added, related to terrorism offences allegedly committed between 2013 and 2015 in Germany. It added that he appeared before the Larnaca court for an extradition hearing, which was postponed until the beginning of April.

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