We continue our round up of the week’s local news from the Fethiye area.

Friend of the Earth Dies in Kabak near Fethiye

On Tuesday 40-year-old Victor Ananias was found dead in bed in his small cottage in Kabak.

He may not be someone whose name you recognise, but he was well-known in Turkey as the founder of Buğday, which is the Turkish equivalent of Friends of the Earth.

Victor was staying in Kabak training to run the Antalya Marathon and his mother, who found the body, told police she feared he had died as a result of eating poisonous wild mushrooms.

An autopsy took place in Fethiye and samples were sent to Izmir for toxology tests, results will not be known for two weeks.

Victor was buried in Bodrum on Saturday.

Police Smash Pimps – Women Liberated

Eight women, some of them foreigners, who were forced into prostitution in Fethiye, were liberated this week, and seven other people were charged in connection with the offenses.

The non-Turkish women came from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia.

All eight underwent medical checks at the State Hospital which revealed three of them had syphilis and one was suffering from AIDS.

The foreign women were then taken to Muğla prior to being repatriated.

Catch of the Day

A local fisherman brought up a 3.5m shark that weighed in at 120kg.

He sold it to a dealer in the fish market for 100TL – cheap fish anyone?

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