Cyprus: Larnaca District Court

Day 11 – The Decision

District Judge Michalis Papathanasiou accepted the extradition request of the Kurdish political refugee Kenan Ayas and executed the extradition warrant to the German law enforcement authorities. According to the decision, Kenan's extradition to be executed in ten...

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Day 10 – Final Arguments

The final arguments of two parties and the conclusion of the Kenan Ayas trial have come to pass. The representative of the Prosecution was content to repeat the German documents and the terrorism case for which the Kurdish political refugee is accused, without...

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Day 9 – Kenan’s Testimony

A Four-hour testimony was given by Kenan, before Larnaca District Court, to prove that his persecution is political. For this purpose he made reference to the history of Kurdistan and the struggle for freedom independence and social emancipation. Reference was also...

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Day 5 – Prosecutor’s Witnesses

Four witnesses were called on the part of the Legal Department, three of them police officers. The first one intercepted Kenan Ayas at the airport on the morning of March 15. The second executed the provisional arrest warrant at 17:00 on the same day without reading...

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Day 1 – Arrest Warrant

 On 15 March 2023 Kenan Agias is arrested at Larnaca International Airport under a European Arrest Warrant. It is established that the 48-year-old Kurdish man has been recognized by the Republic of Cyprus as politically persecuted by Turkey and is placed under...

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