This month marks two years since Dartford resident George Low was murdered in Cyprus.
George was 22 when he was killed near a nightclub in Ayia Napa in Cyprus on August 14, 2016. He was with his friend Ben Barker, who was also stabbed and seriously injured, but survived this vicious and totally unprovoked attack. George and Ben were in the wrong place at the wrong time and they did nothing wrong.
Since that time, no one has been charged with George’s murder or for the attack on Ben.
The two main suspects in the case, Sali Ahmet and Mehmet Akipinar, both fled to Northern Cyprus after the attack. But despite being arrested on unrelated charges, neither one was charged in relation to this attack. The men did serve some time in prison for trespassing on military land but both were released after this sentence are currently free. It is thought they both left Cyprus but at least one of them returned and was again arrested on unrelated matters.
The murder of George and attempted murder of Ben has been devastating for both the Low and Barker families. The situation has been made even worse by the fact no charges have ever been brought despite both suspects having been held in custody.
Since the attack, I have raised the case with the Prime Minister and met with Foreign Office officials and the Foreign Secretary on numerous occasions to urge them to do everything they can to bring those responsible to justice. Unfortunately, because of the complicated political situation in Cyprus, the suspects have been able to evade justice.
A Dartfordian has been murdered in Cyprus and the perpetrators are still free. This is something none of us can accept.
Two years on, both families continue to fight for justice despite the frustrating legal process. The fact there have been no convictions for these crimes is only adding to their pain.
I cannot let this matter rest so I will continue to do everything I can in the hope we will see those responsible for these horrific crimes brought to justice.