Turkish prosecutor probes actor over Cyprus comments

Turkish actor Atilla Olgac said in a television interview last week he shot dead a 19-year-old prisoner-of-war and killed another nine people when he was in Cyprus operation.

Turkish prosecutor probes actor over Cyprus comments

A Turkish prosecutor said on Wednesday he had opened an investigation into an actor who said he killed a Greek Cypriot prisoner-of-war in 1974 and then retracted his comment.

Turkish actor Atilla Olgac said in a television interview last week he shot dead a 19-year-old prisoner-of-war and killed another nine people when he was in Cyprus operation.

The actor later retracted, saying he had been testing public reaction to a film script he was writing.

The Istanbul prosecutor, Ali Cakir, told Reuters he launched the investigation under the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war, to which Turkey is party.

If evidence of wrongdoing emerges, the dossier will be sent to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, he said.

In the wake of Olgac's comments, the Cypriot government said on Tuesday it will file a case with the European Court of Human Rights against Turkey to clarify the fate of some 1,500 Greek Cypriots who "went missing" during the operation.


Reuters

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