This week I met with the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson to discuss the murder of my constituent George Low.
George, who was 22 and from Dartford, was killed near a nightclub in Ayia Napa in Cyprus last August. His friend Ben Barker, who was with him at the time, was also stabbed and seriously injured but survived this vicious and totally unprovoked attack.
The two suspects in the case, Sali Ahmet and Mehmet Akpinar, both fled to Northern Cyprus but were arrested there for unrelated offences. Both men have now been freed, one in January and the second suspect at the end of last month, without being charged in relation to the murder and it is now believed both men have left the country.
The murder of George and the attempted murder of Ben has had a devastating impact on their families and the fact that the suspects are free is only adding to their heartache.
I have urged the Foreign Secretary to do all he can to bring those responsible to justice. He assured me he has already spoken with the Cypriot authorities and will continue to do everything he can.
The family of George, and Ben, are rightly upset, angry and frustrated by these events. It is infuriating that these two suspects are able to take advantage of the unstable political situation in Cyprus and walk free.
I know that George and Ben’s families will continue to do everything to seek justice for their sons and I will too. We need for common sense to prevail and for the two vicious thugs responsible for the attack to face up to the terrible crime they have committed.