Forensic experts to look into alleged error in case of Greek Cypriot missing

Forensic experts to look into alleged error in case of Greek Cypriot missing

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has invited prominent forensic experts from abroad to Cyprus to look into a case of Greek Cypriot missing person, whose relatives are said to have been given also remains belonging to another person.

Greek Cypriot Georgios Foris, from the village of Assia, has been missing since 1974. His remains have been exhumed from a well in his village, along with the remains of other 38 individuals but his family contested the identification process, saying that tests conducted at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics showed that some of the remains the family received from the CMP do not belong to their next of kin.

The forensic experts will come to Cyprus next week and preliminary results of the tests they will conduct are expected to be delivered within the first days of their visit here.

Greek Cypriot member of CMP Nestoras Nestoros has told CNA that the experts are Dr. Williman Goodwin, who is a geneticist in London, and Spanish forensic anthropologist Louis Prieto Carrero, who are both members of the Forensic Advisory Board of the International Red Cross.

They will be in Cyprus from March 1-5 and the process of the tests will begin on the 2nd of March. Nestoros told CNA that the aim is to have the preliminary tests within the first days and that the next steps will be decided accordingly.

As he noted, the family has been notified about the visit of the two experts. He also said that the family has been informed about the process.

Nestoros assured once again that the CMP wants this case to be fully clarified, to have absolute transparency and the public to be informed on this issue.

According to the latest data released by CMP, so far 574 missing persons from both communities, the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot, have been identified and returned to the families for a dignified burial.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.

CMP was established upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.