Cyprus Mail

Month remand for Greek Cypriot who crashed through checkpoint barrier

A 34-year-old Greek Cypriot man that drove his car through the barricade at the Ledra Palace crossing point despite warnings has been remanded for one month on Tuesday until his case is heard.

Only diplomatic vehicles are allowed to cross at the Ledra Palace crossing.

According to press reports in the north, the 34-year-old did not heed warnings from Greek Cypriot police when crossing with his car in the north.

The web portal Kibris Postasi reported that the man claimed in court he had been mistreated at the crossing before ramming through the barricade, and that Turkish Cypriot police shot his vehicle.

Police in the north said the officer shot his tyre to prohibit him from going any further, after he had already driven through the barricade.

According to what was heard in court, the 34-year-old also refused to receive an alcotest and that the whole incident was caught on camera.

The incident occurred at approximately 3pm on Monday.

The newspaper and web portal Yeni Duzen released the video of the man ramming through the barricade.

The driver is seen being told stop, and once the police standing in front of his vehicle is out of the way, he is seen knocking another officer with the side of his car as he speeds past the barricade breaking it.



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