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'We could become a lawless society'

A LOSS of trust in the judiciary fuelled by critical but unjustified media coverage could turn the TRNC into an increasingly lawless society, a retired senior lawyer has warned.

'We could become a lawless society'

“People will resort to exacting their own version of justice if the court system loses public trust,” said former prosecutor Derviş Akter. “Someone feeling that they had suffered an injustice could be tempted to take matters into their own hands, perhaps even try to commit murder.”

Mr Akter added: “At a time when trust in government is being shaken, we  should be careful that the same does not happen to the judiciary.”

The warning to media outlets was echoed by co-chairman of the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Matters, Hakkı Önen, who condemned “unfounded” reporting and said: “The judiciary can be criticised but it should not be defamed.

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