FM restrained on Attila affair

Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said yesterday that the recent admission by a popular Turkish actor, according to which he fatally shot one Greek-Cypriot prisoner of war during Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and killed another nine, do not necessarily qualify for an indictment to an international court on war crimes charges. Bakoyannis was reacting to a question tabled in Parliament by far-right LAOS party leader Giorgos Karatzaferis yesterday, calling for a more active stance by the government on the issue. Meanwhile, the mayor of a small town in northern Greece appears to have corroborated Attila Olgac’s confession. Nevrokopi Mayor Vassilis Giannopoulos is reportedly willing to testify that Olgac admitted to killing Greek Cypriots, including at least one prisoner of war, during the Turkish invasion. According to Giannopoulos, a man resembling Olgac, and with a story identical to the recent claims, came to him in 1990 when the mayor was an employee at the Greek Consulate in Izmir and asked to face trial for his alleged crimes in Greece as he was «haunted by nightmares.»

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