Dartford MP raises concerns about the safety of British tourists in Cyprus, amid concerns over its judicial system

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has today asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg for a debate to be scheduled as soon as possible to discuss the safety of British tourists in Cyprus. Mr Johnson asked the Leader of the House:

“The treatment of the 19 year old British National in Ayia Napa recently and the failures of the judicial process there, follows on from the failure of the Judicial System in Cyprus to bring to justice the killers of my constituent George Low, who was murdered in the same town in 2016. Therefore can we have a debate please, on the safety of British subjects attending Cyprus for holiday and whether or not any further precautions or advice needs to be given to those people?”

In response, The Leader of the House of Commons said:

“Both cases are matters of considerable concern and have been to the Government. I note that the lady returning from Cyprus is being helped by the police and viewed as the victim of a sexual assault, and I think that tells you something really very important about how the British authorities view the case. We have to bear in mind that standards of justice across the world are not necessarily as high as they are in the United Kingdom, and that it is one of the primary duties of any Government to ensure the well-being of its citizens when they are abroad or that justice can be done if anything goes wrong when they are abroad, and this is a duty that this Government takes extraordinarily seriously. Honourable Members across the House may rest assured that if they have constituents who need assistance, that is what the Foreign Office is there to help them with.”

After the debate, Mr Johnson said:

“In 2016, my constituent George Low was murdered in Ayia Napa. Despite being identified, his murderers have never been brought to justice. The suspects remain at large and despite information about their whereabouts being passed to authorities, his family are no closer to securing justice for their son. Additionally, his family still await the outcome of the inquest into their son’s death, despite the hearing taking place in 2018.”

The way in which the young British woman has been treated during the police investigation and judicial process in the same town, compound the already significant concerns I have about the judicial process in Cyprus and the way in which investigations and court proceedings are conducted. Cyprus must do more to restore confidence that tourists are safe and will be fairly treated if something goes wrong.”