Murder of the priest and murder trial of 1924
Part 2

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the top so he should not

wait till all

The L . C . P . came &

took them away they were

wet

x x II

It was not the first

time I had washed accused's

cloths

His mother had the

washing before & he was not

there & so he took them

off

accused was holding a

basket & went away to

his He was weary

E X S D & E Doudou

called to him & he came

back & took off his clothes

I had washed

them some cloths

before . They had yellow marks

of Tomatoes

They were soiled this

yellow marks of the

tomatoes

Despinou Papa Haralambou


Married living
at Louroujina

Priest was my father

On Saturdays he

used to come to us

& return on Tuesday morning

shortly before the murder

he gave me 13 /s about

a fortnight before the murder

It was in a handkerchief

I left it for a time &

then returned it to him

8 days after he gave it

to me It was still

in the same handwriting?

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Priest just before his

death I bought pumpkins

from him . I paid him

1/ & 5

Mihail Papa Kyriakou was

of Louroujina

was my

The Monday before he was

killed the deceased had 6 /3

a a handkerchief in his

gown

Ismail Ibrahim

labourer ? of

Louroujina I both


deceased & the two accusred's

I was working at the

new garden of deceased


I saw my father the

day before that murder He

was in the village the

previous Sunday He had

a handkerchief with some

money in it . It was

a white handkerchief

He left it in the

pocket of his gown . I

gave him The day before

the murder at the garden

I saw ex T C 1

it was my fathers

axe

x x

My father was making ?

a new garden &

laboures when he paid

Eftimiou Kyriakou

I live at

Athienou I knew deceased

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Ramadan Bekir Diplaros

Bahaeddin

I know 1 st

accused & I know

& Osman Hasan

Karaoli

I worked for deceased

with accused No 1 We said

we claimed 10 a day &

he told us to work. He was

to find us . One day

he gave us a

paid us 9 because

he gave us a meal

accused did not complain

He was satisfied & we

left

I did not hear ! st

accused say anything

with The Priest

to Osman Hasan Karaoli

Moustafa & Ramadan Bekir

were working there

They told

me their pay was 10 ? a day

& they worked 2 days

He paid them 9

they had asked for 10

they went away

myself & Osman Sefer

remained

x x

I was not present

at & they were

satisfied He fed them

day

The 1 st accused could

all he was as he is

now not better or worse

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047

Mustafa Yousouf Takkas

x x Bahaeddin

I remember the

night the Priest was

killed I later

accused & their father . Their
garden is close to our

garden We are neighbours

I don't know if they

slept that night in their

garden A Zaptieh called

me . at home was their

father ? sleeping there.

Both accused generally

slept a of

the shed & the father close

by in a bed

I was arrested & taken

to Dali accused No 2 was

there but we were kept

separately I saw him there

for about 10 days I said

to him

I think I saw him

wrapped up in blanket

up to his waist he was

wrapped in a blanket

Savvas Elefteriou

Sav 2 3 6 2 C . P

On 25 th Sept I visited

the scene of the crime

about 10 A. M .

I saw

of clothes

I found the priests

I

I examined the pockets

& they were empty

there was another gown

but the pockets were empty

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knocked on the door of

his cell I opened & asked

what he wanted He asked

" is the

I said "yes " I said " what

do you want " he said

" I want to go near him

& tell him something about

Papa Haralambous murder .

I explained the head

Commandant & I took

accused before him

The

said this

then you want

to tell me something about

the murder of Papa Haralambous

" I don't to tell

" me anything he

I
everything

writing & if necesssary

will give evidence in

x x

There was

when I got there

The 2 was

to the half way station

& then to Dali . I was

in charge at Dali . I

was frequently away &

the Zaptiehs would be in

charge

Ismail Mehmet

No 3 3 3 0 C P

On Oct 5

I was at

Athienou & accused Mustafa

was there under arrest

I at 10 pm

on the 4 th

at about 6 P M

on the 5 th accused 1

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049

asked me for water & I gave

him . Ibrahim ? of the

was there & I said

he was at Lourourijina

He said he wanted to

tell muhtar? the

about the Priests

murder I said I would

write to him to come

He came at 10 minutes

to 1 2 The L . C . P

came at the same time

muftar ?? asked for

Yousouf & I brought

Yousouf to him The

Muhtar & L . C . P was

there . The said

to accused " You told this

Ismail On bashi that

you want to tell me

something about Papa

Haralambous Michael

court about

Mustafa

I And

then he made a statement

that muhtar was present

The L . C . P . took it down

in writing & read it over

to Muostafa he put his

mark & the Muhtar signed

it

On the 8 th Oct ? I was

with

& brought them 2 accused from

Dali to Athienou

at 3 . 30 in the afternoon

At 4.30 the went

to Lurucina at 8 . 30

I was in the Police

station The door of

the cell of 2

Yousouf was locked He

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I didn't ask you anything

''all
to tell me

anything but he

''you tell me I will write

it down & if it is necessary

'' I will give evidence

for you or against you

we asked him if he understood

& he said '' yes I heard ''

I don't remember the L . C . P


speaking to Yousouf there ?

Yousouf made a statement

it was written down read

over to him & he signed

it & the Muhtar signed

it as well

x x

I was in

of Athienou station

On the 4 th Oct I was


to Athienou I

arrived at 10 P M.

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052

I found another accused

Osman Hasan Karaoli

at Athienou when I got

there Osman &

2 accused were in the station

that night

When I got to Athienou

I did not know they were

at Athienou

Or I

I heard there were

families accused at Athienou

There were 3 & were brought

to the station They were

Doudou Bairam Emine

the wife of Osman &

the accused's mother

When I arrived at

Athienou I found

at the station

I don't remember if there

were any others there

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Doc No; 051

054

I did not speak to him about

the murder of the Papa

I did not tell him Osman

was giving evidence against him

that he killed the Priest

& that it was Osman who

killed the priest & he had better

say it & be a witness

I did not say Osman

would give evidence against

him & he would be

hanged
On the night of the 5 th

made a

statement I slept there

that day I returned on

the 6th or 7 th Oct I had

to come to Nicosia & go back

again & on the 8 th I

went to Dali

Mehmet I was

not stationed at Dali

I was taken to the

I found the 2 accused

there & took him with

afterwards

& Priest Yanni came there

and the L C P I went

on the 4 I went to

Athienou with the L C P .

Where I got there the

L C P gave me

if there

a go

to the station but they

not to talk to any

one The Osman

& 1 st accused were put

in my

I went to them whereas

they

The L C P slept there

& was there all that afternoon

of the 5 th Oct .

When accused 1 called

I went to him

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055

tell him that if he said

they would be 2 witness & Osman

would be hanged & if not Osman

would give evidence & they

would be hanged.

It was 8 30 P M on the

8 th when 2 nd accused said

he wanted to make a statement

When I took 1 before

the L C P he was alone

waiting in the office & we

brought the Muhtar We

send for the Muhtar & he came

The Muhtar was

present all the time 1

was making his statement

It was 6 P M when I

took 1st accused to the L C P

On Oct 8 th Mehmet arrived

at 1 0 minutes to 1 2 midnight

looked at his watch

& I saw the time

I took 2 accused before

him immediately after he came

Mehmet to Athienou

& he was put under my

charge their . by Mehmet

At 4 30 P M Mehmet

left them

I know Mehmet Ramadan

a Zaptieh of Louroujina he

came to Athienou later on

on the 8 Oct about

4.......30 or 5 PM Occasionally

he would attend on the

as I did

I did not speak to

Yousouf 2 about the

murder He is a fellow

villager of mine

I did not tell him

Osman was giving evidence

against & his brother

I did not tell him

his brother has made a

statement I did not

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056

When I left for Nicosia ?

on the 6 or 7 Oct I think

had returned

from When I

got to Nicosia ? I did not

see the I went

back to Athienou & took

the from Athienou to

Dali

Mehmet Zabid was ?

officer

C M P station at

I examined

this case On the 8 th

Oct I accused Yousouf

from Dali to Athienou

with writing & I

went on to Louroujina

& later on a report

recieved I returned to

Athienou there there

at 1 0 minutes to 1 2

In the office upstairs

In the office was Mehmet

when I took

2 their We fetched

the muhtar & then the L . C . P.

came .

Mehmet was

writing down the to

accused Yousouf when the

Muhtar arrived

I am a Zaptieh for

1 3 years

I said the

for or against

him ''

I did not tell them

their statement would

be used as evidence against

other people

I was put in charge

at Athienou because the

was

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057

the L . C . P arrived 1 0 minutes

or 1 5 minutes later when

I arrived their I

gave me information

When the L C P

the 2nd accused had not been

brought before me

The Muhtar was also

present

The 2 accused had just

been brought before me when

the Muhtar arrived but

I had not yet

Yousouf started ?

to tell me something he

spoke before I did

he said I want to

tell you something about

Papa Haralambous Michael

" which I know "

I said he was not bound

to say anything & that

" I to say

anythiing or ask something. if

" you want to say anything

yourself that I am

going to write it down

and this statement

I will present it in court

against you If you

understand it harms you

don't say anything

I asked him if he understood

& he said yes & the L C P

said ''have you understood

what the officer told

''you & he said yes

He made a statement

to me I wrote it down

read it out to him he

signed it as

& the muhtar signed also

Doc No; 55

058

this murder case & said

" it was better for him the

police & everybody if he were

to tell the truth I asked

him to tell me all the truth

he knew

Bahaeddin P 3 9 2

24 th

as evidence P 1 8 8

self ? He made a statement on

the 8 Oct

all the & to

the statement was

made afterwards

R V 13 2 0 9

Bahaeddin

I object

It is not a fair &

statement

accused was

& to make

such a statement

to 2. 30

x x d Bahaeddin

accused No 2 Yousouf was

arrested on the 25 th Sept

& taken to the half way

station & later to Dali

I think on the 29 th &

remained there till the 8 th

Oct I saw him at Dali

on Sept 30 th in my

office

I spoke to him about

No 2 Yousouf was

arrested on the 25th Sept

& taken to the half way

station & taken to Dali

I think on the 29 th &

rewmanded there till the 8 th

Oct I saw him at Dali

on Sept 30 th in my

office

I spoke to him about

Doc No; 56

059

R V 13 Cox P 2 3

This differs As it

was made 8 afterwards

6 days elapsed

P 3 7 7 2 5

R V Thompson 1893

2 A B P 1 2

Taken as statement

10 P 6 1 7 ?

Objection upheld

x x d

I was ? making enquiries

with this call I

stations I went

to Athienou on the 2 9 th

Sept . I found there

accused No 1 & also

Osman Hasan & some ?

women

I spoke with Osman

Hasan Karaoli in my

office & asked him if he

knew anything as his garden was

there+ & if he had seen .

I had seen accused No 1

in my office that day.

I told him to tell me .

What ever he knows or has

seen I said '' it is better

for this case to be detected

&
to tell all he knows .

I said it would

be better for him & the

police & everyone ( for him )

to tell the truth be careful

don't tell lies

They were

I went to

Athienou on Oct 3 rd

and Oct 4 I did not

have the same conversation

I did not speak to Osman

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060

I saw ! st accused on 29 th Sept

& on Oct 3 but not on the

4 th I did not go to

Athienou on Oct 1 st I

did not see 1 st accused on
Oct 1 st If I said I

'' thought '' I saw him on Oct

1 .. I made a mistake

I saw him on Oct

4 th from a statement but

not to speak to .

I saw him on the

29 th Sept 3 rd Oct &

Oct 4 th probably

in the I

said 4 times

the 1 Oct when I think

I saw him

I saw him in

my office at Athienou

once as far as I can

remember

because he had already

made a statement .

I saw Emine

the mother of the accused's

I saw her at Louroujina

on the 29 th

I took a statement from

her at Louroujina I

can present it

I also took a statement

from the accused's father

The father said he

was at the garden the

night of the murder

He told me his son

was for

He said he was unwell ?

& did not go away

I entered accused's shed

I found old cloths there

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061

And on that day I told

him it was better to

speak the truth

I did not tell him

Osman was giving evidence

against him

I did not call Osman

into my office at the same

time as 1 accused

I did not advise him to

give evidence against Osman

I don't know when

Osman made his statement .

I don't know if any

money was found on the

accused

Writing memoirs ? the fathers

statement

By Fuad

I spoke to accused 1

on Oct 3 about the food

'' are you comfortable do they

give you food '' he complained

they kept the door shut

& I had it opened for

him .

at that time I had

heard Osman had made a

statement


By

I spoke to accused 1

at 9 30 am

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062

7. 11. 24

Ioanni Michael Tilliro

Cautioned

by ? Police at

On 2 5 Sept I went to

the scene of this crime

& at the half way home

on the Larnaca road Where

I arrived at 8 45 A M

there were people walking?

around .

I saw accused Mustafa

he was wearing a waist-coat

& shirt which were clean

I said "where are your

clothes you were wearing

yesterday '' He said '' they

are at the garden & he

pointed towards the garden ''

I told Ahmed

to go with him & get

them & come back

They went about

1 0 paces & stood & then

returned In Mustafa's presence

the said '' the cloths

he was wearing yesterday he

left them at the village

I then went to Loroucina

with Moustafa & the

I went to the home

of Emine & saw her &

a basket of cloths

A big basket about 4 ft

high There was an old

piece of black cloth on

the top & in those

cloths & had water , very

hot water about 6 inches

deep ? I that

blood cloth found another

underneath & under that

I found 2 D & g? I

them put in

Doc No; 060

063

Emine said " these are

the cloths of Moustafa in

his presence . I took them

garments to the

On Oct 5 th I was at

Athienou I saw Cpl (corporal)

Ismail Mehmet ? & he gave

me some information &

in confidence ? accused Mustafa

was brought before me

I said " that Ismail

onbashi says you want to

'' come to me & tell me

something about the murder

of Papa Haralambo you

must know that whatever

you tell me I will

write it down & give

evidence in Court against

you & not against anyone

else ; have you understood ''

He replied '' I have understood ''

He made a statement ,

I took it down in writing

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064

I read it over to him

he put his mark to

it .

The Muhtar of Athienou

Georgiou Georgius was

present the whole time

I it

Bahaeddin

I object It

is not a fair ? &

statement

accused was indeed

to make this by

thats if

24

P 3 9 3

1 5 Cox 2 0 9


police officer Fahri ? had

told him '' it was better

to tell the truth

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065


K A

Here the

is a Here the

statement is to a senior

officer & the person who

may have written the

statement was not present

& the stamp is many

days after

Objection

statement

on the 1 5 th Oct I checked

the 1st accused cautioned him

by making a statement to me

I wrote it down read it

out to him he put his

mark I recorded ? it

Bahaeddin

I object on the

same grounds

I then chased ? the 2 nd

accused the same day he

made a statement I took

it down in writing he

said it was covered by

I produced it

Bahaeddin

I object on the same

grounds

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066


they went away

all in the presence of both

who did not say
accused

anything

x x Bahaeddin

On the 2 5 Sept

I found many people under

arrest & amongst

them was Osman Hasan

Karaoli & I took him in

my car to the scene of

the crime I showed him

the dead body but he

did not say anything then / their ?

& he was returned ? to

Athienou & I saw him

there the same evening

I saw him again at

Athienou on Sept 27 th

He did not say anything

then

On the 2 5 th Sept

when I spoke to accused 1

The following day I went

to the half way house

again I took the two

accused's & the Zabid ?

in one car &

Osman the witness in

my car

The witness Osman

pointed out the garden

& the place where the

bed was & how deceased

was lying his head towards

the east & face to the West

& pointed out that he

was holding his feet

2 accused

hands

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067

as soon as I started writing

the muhtar arrived as far

as I can recollect

I used to see accused after

that and speak to him

I Know Zaptieh Mehmet

of Louroujina he was on

. leave I cancelled his leave

& I had him sent to

Athienou

I gave instructions to

the Zaptiehs to look after

the accused & if they had

food & water & what they

wanted
On the 15th when I

checked the accused N0 1 the

Muhtar the N 0 & 1 Zaptieh

were fpresent &

for the 2 accused

when I took them

to the scene of the crime

on the 16th the 1 st accused

did not even open ? his

I said '' the clothing you have

where are

the one you had on

yesterday

I do not know of any

old cloths of the 1st axed

picked up at his hut

in the garden

I got to Louroucina about

11 A M on the 25 th sometime

between 10 & 11

I did not have accused

No 1 brought to me in my

office before Oct 5 th

I remember now he

was brought before me on

Sept 30 th & made a

statement

I is

put in I M T C

When 1st accused was

brought before me on Oct

5 th I was alone

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068

mouth to say a word

nor did the 2 nd accused

I was in the

this case

The 1st accused then denied

everything I could remember

everything I said

By

As far as I know

mother of the accused were

of each

up to the time they were

cleaned

Muhtar

not ? required

closed

accused cautioned & called

on

accused 1 nothing to say

accused 2 nothing to say

defense

Emine Yousouf Pattas

mother of the

accused . I remember when

the Priest was killed

that night 1 st accused

came to my home at

about the time people came

for He came

to where I was & went

to bed with me till

morning In the morning

he started to go to the

garden I called him

back & asked him to

take off his cloths &

he did & put no

others & went to the

garden

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He slept in his

clothes . They were soiled/ stained ??

& my neighbour was going

to soak cloths & I wanted

her to wash them

We home working every

month or month & a half

Bairam Osman Patta

Father of the accused

I returned that night the

priest was killed

I slept with my two

sons at our garden at

our bed . They were up

& I was at the ground

near them . Mustafa

was called to go & I

woke him . I remained

with Yusuf & Mustafa

did not come back

that night

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Nicosia Assize, Louroujina murder case sxh I.S.M.3 7.11.24
Mustafa Bairam Pattas duly cautioned in law 1 of 1886 of order in Council 1882 States- I want to say that the statement I made against Osman we were threatened by the Zaptiehs that I we don't give evidence against Osman we should be hanged that we should suffer they said"tell against Osman- you are ...? speak against Osman" "the two of you will make Osman to fall down because you are the two. And you say against him because he has said against you they have released him. You say against him we shall catch him and release you "they had captured us for 22 days-they used to come day & night and they used to ask us me speak against Osman "we shall release you then shall catch him who is the cause"
We got paid and at once we paid 20 but it is not true. At the moment when the head Commandant took us to the spot ...? ....? those places he told us we were the people who commited the crime

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Nicosia Assizes
Louroudjina Murder Case
5xh I.SN.2

7.11.24

Mustafa Bairam Pattas duly cautioned in


memo of 1886 of order in Council 1882 States


I want to say that the statement I made against


Osman - we were threatened by the Zaptiehs that


if we don't give evidence against Osman we

should be hanged & that we should suffer

they said " tell against Osman you and him

speak against Osman " " the two of you will


make Osman fall down because you are

two and you say against him because he


has said against you they have released him

You say against him we shall catch him &

release you "they had been keeping us for 22


days they used to come day & night and

they used to ask us to speak against Osman

"we shall release you & we shall catch him who

is the cause " - we got afraid and at once we

said so but it is not true - At the moment


when the head Commandant took us to the

spot & was shown those places he told us we

were the people who committed the crime

Doc No; 67 page 111

070



I said there & then that it was Osman who

had done it we don't Know if we were

heard saying that he was the man who

had done it - they gave us no reply . That's

all

Doc No; 068 page 112

070

Nicosia Assize

Louroujina murder

I.S.M.3

7.11.24

Yusuf Bairam Pourounti duly


cautioned
in terms of ss 86 council 1882

stats

they arrested me & kept me for eight days at Dali

they had me stripped in the Station and the Zaptiehs

told ? to come & tell me that if I wouldn't tell the

truth they would hang me they said "say the

truth they shall release you Osman is speaking

against you & they will hang you "- from there they

took me to Athienou then Cpl (Corporal) Ismail and

Mehmet the Zaptieh to Louroudjina came & called me

to give evidence "If you don't give evidence they will

hang you . You will not get off '' the statement I

have already made is not true because we were

threatened by the Zaptiehs and when local Commandant

took us to the place &
showed us the spot &

Osman told us we had killed him we

then & there said " we are not the persons who


killed him but you are the person who

killed him ''

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071

No x x 11

I went to bed

immediately after supper? & I

went to sleep . I did

not wake till Moustafa

was called

I S recalled

I produce the

statement of the accused

before the Muhtar

Put in

I S M 2 & I S M

Defence closed .

Bahaeddin addresses the Court

Exhumes ? of

the crime

Police from examines

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072

Only ? person in the crime

& that is witness Osman

At Khan with the priest

saw him leave & followed

him

Would 1 accused have gone ?

with the if he had

commited such an offence

No motive for accused

to kill the priest.

Statement of accused are

not credible

At worse accomplices

Sec 1 4 law 1 of 1 8 8 6

to 2 . 15 P M
P M

No doubt Osman was present

at the murder His evidence

with that of

explains as to numbers of blows

Doudou said in

court there was blood on the

cloths

murder ? between 9 & 10 . 30

Plenty of time for Emine ? to

be contacted

Osman accomplices & confirmation

required

Both accused made admissions ?

1 is clearly an accomplice on

his own admission

2 accused stay with

that of Osman

Motive a theft & revenge

accused Moustafa Bairam Pattas

sentenced ? on Count 2

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