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Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector arrested for refusing to pay “military court” fine (video)

Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapasaoglu was arrested on Tuesday after he refused to pay a fine of 2,000 Turkish lira for not reporting for reserve army duty in the occupied north.

He will serve a sentence of 20 days.

According to Turkish Cypriot Kibris Postasi, Karapasaoglu, a graduate student, had been waiting for “police” to arrest him in his house, along with his friends and family. He had attended an exam earlier in the morning.

Around 11 am he was informed by “authorities” that they would come to arrest him.

Supporters of Karapasaoglu and members of the Conscientious Objection Initiative gathered outside his house.

Karapasaoglu did not resist arrest. He was taken to a hospital for medical examinations and will be transferred to the ‘central prison’ around 5 am.

Speaking on behalf of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, Murat Kanatli said that the arrest is a “wound for democracy” and that Karapasaoglu is a “hostage of Turkey.”

He urged people who want to express their support to Karapasaoglu, to attend a protest outside the ‘central prison’ of the occupied north, at 5 am.

Karapasaoglou was fined 2,000 Turkish lira (335 euro) on January 3 for refusing to report for reserve army duty between 2014-2017.

The decision would have been converted into a 20 day prison sentence if the fine was not paid in ten days.

Karapasaoglou had already stated that he would not pay the fine. He explained that paying the fine would render his action meaningless.

(Picture by Kibris Postasi)

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