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European Parliament to be briefed on Matsakis' illegal detention
2006-01-02 10:25:15

Nicosia, Jan 2 (CNA) – An official report surrounding the circumstances of the abduction of Euro MP Marios Matsakis by the Turkish occupation forces will be sent to the European Parliament by Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Cyprus, Tasos Georgiou.

Georgiou told CNA he was present at the time of Matsakis’ abduction on New Year’s eve, as the latter attempted to cross into the Turkish occupied north to deliver a present to Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

Georgiou attended ''court proceedings'' when Matsakis was led before a ''judge'' in the north.

The Head of the European Parliament Information Office said both he and Polish Euro MP Genowefa Grabowska, who was with Matsakis and Georgiou at the time of the apprehension, would inform President of the European Parliament Josep Borrel.

Matsakis is scheduled to appear for a second time before an illegal military court later Monday. A “judge” on Sunday said Matsakis would be released today if no indictment was ready about the EU MP when the "court" convenes.

The “judge” also said that Matsakis’ diplomatic immunity could not be ignored.

Georgiou said Brussels will be duly informed of any new developments.

Matsakis, a Euro MP of the Democratic Party, was illegally arrested on Saturday in connection with an incident in early November when Matsakis lowered the Turkish flag from an unmanned military post in Louroujina area, near the buffer zone, south of the capital Nicosia. The Cypriot MP presented the flag to the European Parliament before handing it over to a Turkish journalist in Brussels.

The Polish Euro MP, who belongs to the Socialist Group, condemned Matsakis' detention, adding that she would report it to the plenary session of the European Parliament.

The Cyprus government protested to the United Nations, urging them to make the necessary representations towards the occupation regime to secure the immediate release of the Cypriot Euro MP.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of the island's territory.

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