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Detained tourist will spend Christmas in Cayman prison

A tourist arrested last week will remain at HMP Northward, an acting magistrate ruled Wednesday (14 December), while officials review an extradition warrant from Turkey for alleged acts of terrorism committed decades ago.

Celal Kildag, 58, claims he has lived in Germany since the early 1980’s and could not have been the person the Turkish government claims was involved in two fatal shootings and two school fires in 1988 as part of an ongoing conflict with Kurdish separatists.

Mr. Kildag was arrested on-board the MSC Opera as it arrived in George Town, near the conclusion of a month-long one-way voyage from Italy to Mexico.

Acting Magistrate Grace Donalds noted a 45-day window is open to review the extradition request. She said Turkish authorities have been made aware of Mr. Kildag’s denial, and she set 29 December for an update on any response from Turkey or new evidence to be considered.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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