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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 96-08-13 (UPDATE)

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  • [01] Turkey responsible for killing, says Euro Socialist leader
  • [02] Demonstrator died of multiple head injuries, says coroner

  • 1940 CYPPRESS:06

    [01] Turkey responsible for killing, says Euro Socialist leader

    Nicosia, Aug 13 (CNA) -- Pauline Green, leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, holds Turkey responsible for Sunday's brutal murder of a Greek Cypriot demonstrator during clashes in the UN controlled buffer zone and wants to see justice administered.

    But she stops short of actually naming Turkey.

    She also believes that the continuing division of the island ''evokes the passions which led to this death.''

    ''The vicious murder of this young man is the responsibility of those who invaded and occupied the north of Cyprus 22 years ago,'' Green said in a statement, issued in Brussels today.

    It is their insistence on maintaining division rather than seeking consensus, which evokes the passions which led to this death, she added.

    The Euro MP said ''nothing can justify the fearful attack which resulted in this death'' and expressed the hope that those responsible, are brought to justice with ''all speed and urge all responsible authorities to combine in securing justice''.

    Green has already demanded a full debate in the European Parliament in September on relations between the EU and Turkey, the statement said.

    Green is also critical of European bikers who participated in the ride from Berlin to Cyprus, and noted that ''it is deeply disturbing that bikers from outside Cyprus should ride in promising to take on the Turks and ride out leaving a local man who rallied to their call - dead.''

    She also said she is making direct contact with the Cyprus government and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Cyprus before making any further statement.

    CNA EC/MM/1996
    2040 :CYPPRESS:07

    [02] Demonstrator died of multiple head injuries, says coroner

    Larnaca, Aug 13 (CNA) -- Tasos Isaac, savagely beaten to death by Turks in the UN controlled buffer zone, died of multiple head injuries, coroner Petros Vanezis said here today.

    Speaking after a post mortem, which lasted nearly five hours, Vanezis, who flew in from London to carry out the autopsy, said ''the man must have died two or three minutes after the multiple injuries he received, most of which were on the head.''

    Isaac's brutal murder was filmed by television networks covering an anti-occupation rally on Sunday in Dherynia village, on the eastern coast, and the circumstances of his death are witnessed on photographic material.

    Vanezis said the 24-year-old did not have any injuries from bullets or beatings by stones.

    The coroner said he had ''very rarely'' seen such horrific injuries.

    He said forensic tests would be carried out before he issues his final report, which will be handed to the Attorney General.

    Isaac will be buried Wednesday morning at the state's expense.

    Today friends of the murdered man laid wreaths near the spot of his death.

    CNA MM/EC/1996

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