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Security for judge due to death threats

The judge presiding over the trial of six men accused of rioting in Lefkoşa last month during demonstrations against the daily newspaper Afrika has been given round-the-clock security because of death threats.

Security for judge due to death threats

Chief Justice Narin Ferdi Şefik said she had asked the police to provide protection for Senior Judge Tacan Reynar “as a precaution” after messages posted on social media were brought to her attention.

Chief Justice Şefik said that while the threats did not specifically refer to the Afrika case, they had been posted after the incidents had taken place. She could not say how long the protection would be provided for.

News of the threats was condemned as “unacceptable” by lawyers who spoke to Cyprus Today’s sister newspaper, Kıbrıs.

Girne lawyer Gürcan Bayramoğlu said “nothing like this had been experienced in the country before”.

He said the TRNC’s judiciary was considered “most reliable” because of the “quality of the judges”.

“Up until now, our judges have decided with their own free will and this is how it has to be from now on as well,” he added, noting that the minimum prison sentence for making a “written death threat” was seven years.

Buğra Akter stressed that the independence of judiciary had to be upheld and that the threats to Judge Reynar had caused “concern” among society. She said those unhappy with a court’s decision could launch a review at the High Court.

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