Yılmaz Gümüş – who was jailed for life in Britain 13 years ago and arrested in Girne earlier this month after three years as a fugitive – was arrested on Wednesday, according to statement from TRNC police.
Police also arrested another man who was with him and both were found with cannabis on their possession, according to Greek Cypriot press.
Earlier this month Cyprus Today reported that TRNC police believed the 45-year-old illegally entered South Cyprus, after fleeing from Girne State Hospital within five minutes of entering under police custody, on May 8. He was taken there with complaints of chest pains.
Gümüş will face charges of illegal entry and charges related to a fake Republic of Cyprus ID card he possessed.
Hakkı Önen of the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Matters told Cyprus Today Gümüş’s transfer to the TRNC depends on his sentence and on whether the UK government want the convict returned.
“It is possible that the UK [authorities] may want him transferred directly to the UK”, said Mr Önen, adding they do not yet know whether he will serve his sentence for the charges in South Cyprus first.
Gümüş was handed three life sentences at London’s Old Bailey court in June 2005.
He had set fire to a property in Stoke Newington in the British capital in October 2003, killing three people.
He was extradited to Turkey in 2010 to serve out the rest of his sentences there but escaped in 2015 after being allowed out of prison to attend his father’s funeral.
He then fled to North Cyprus by hiding in the back of a lorry, reports said.
Gümüş was not caught by Turkish Cypriot authorities until earlier this month, appearing before Girne District Court on May 2, on suspicion of entering the TRNC illegally and having false documents.
Girne District Court heard that it was “strongly suspected” that Gümüş had been helped to flee South in the Beyarmudu area on May 9, during the hearing of Süleyman Konyalıoğlu and İsmail Oktan on May 11. The pair, along with Murat Şehitoğlu, were arrested on suspicion of having aided the fugitive and were remanded in custody for three days. All three were later released after no evidence was found to connect them to the incident.
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