Cyprus Law | Making False Complaints to the TRNC Police

WITHOUT PREJUDICE

Pauline Read was again summoned to the Police Station yesterday afternoon.

The Police Officer who had the unfortunate job of summoning Ms Read was Omer. Due to a communication problem, when Ms Read asked for his number he said words to the effect he could not give it. However when Ms Read looked at the incoming call register on her phone it was there.

Ms Read passed the information to her Advocate and he dealt with it. Yes indeed there had been yet another complaint to the Police in Girne by the same person who levelled the complaint that caused Ms Read, Agile and their Advocate to attend the Police Station last Thursday morning. The outcome of this visit was reported in this publication: North Cyprus Law | A Visit to Kyrenia Police Station

It seems she was objecting to what was written after this visit to the Police station and a photo of her daughter that appeared alongside an article about the Silent, Peaceful, Candlelit Vigil in which there was no reference to her, or her daughter. The Editor took the photo of the child from the archives, a photo had appeared in NCFP at the time of the Vigil without complaint and similar photos had appeared elsewhere. The Editorial decision to publish this photo was made without the Editor being aware of who the child was. North Cyprus Free Press is a news outlet, all information has to be accompanied by proof before publication. The truth will be published without fear or favour.

The photo has been removed.

It would be as well for the complainant to remember that the first action of a normal complaint is to go to the publication you have an issue with, to check the identity of the writer and to distinguish between CIVIL and CRIMINAL complaints. The truth is not a crime, nor is it Libel.

There are criminal laws in North Cyprus to protect members of the public from frivolous criminal complaints.

“According to the criminal code in the TRNC, any person who knowingly makes to any police officer a false statement concerning an imaginary offence shall be guilty of the offence of effecting a public mischief and shall be liable to a fine or to imprisonment. Therefore ı suggest that if you have a complaint for the police think twice on what it is…” [North Cyprus Lawyer]

Ms Read assured me that if this campaign of using the Police continues, she will be levelling complaints of her own. She has absolutely no issue with the Police Authority who, she realises, are just doing their job. She does feel however that because those dealing with the complaints do not speak or read much English, they are taking the word of the complainant on what is being written and who it is being written by.

Anon

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