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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Stolen explosives may have already been sold ]

Stolen explosives may have already been sold

Charles Charalambous

THE EIGHT men arrested on Friday by Limassol police, in connection with the theft of 172 kg of PG-2 plastic explosive from the Cypriot National Guard (NG) depot at Palodia on July 21, spent eight hours at the Limassol District Court yesterday without a remand order being issued.

The court said it would decide today whether to remand the suspects, who remained in custody overnight,

During yesterday’s remand hearing, which lasted from just before 9am until after 5pm with a break for lunch, it emerged that part of the explosives may well have already been sold to “criminal elements”, but the police have received further information since the arrests that may lead to the recovery of most of the remainder.

They had already established from phone records that the two NG non-commissioned officers who were arrested a day after the discovery of the theft had spoken to three specific individuals more than 60 times during the days surrounding the theft.

The eight suspects were arrested following a series of police sweep-searches of thirteen buildings and open spaces in various parts of Limassol town and district on Friday – which started at 5.30am and continued through the day – following a tip-off.

No explosives or evidence directly linking the eight to the explosives theft were found during the searches. However, police said that when arresting three of the suspects, they seized two revolvers, a G-3 army rifle, a stolen shotgun, a fragmentation grenade, detonating caps, a large quantity of ammunition of various calibres, gunpowder for shotgun shells, crossbows, wooden clubs, extending batons and various knives.

Limassol CID Chief Superintendent Yiannakis Georgiou told the court during his cross-examination by the suspects’ counsel that the police had taken a verbal statement “from a reliable witness” that links the eight suspects to the theft from the Palodia NG depot. He added that police were trying to convince the witness to make a written statement.

Georgiou revealed under questioning that the police had kept the eight suspects under surveillance “for several days” following an anonymous tip-off they had received.

He also told the court that according to information received, some of the stolen explosives have already been sold, and efforts have been made to sell the remainder.

The police have indicated that they suspect the eight of operating as an organised gang, with four of them involved in carrying out the actual theft, and the others helping to conceal and sell off the explosives.

The state prosecutor maintained that at least two of the suspects were involved in selling off part of the stolen explosives to “criminal elements”, and one known criminal had contacted the suspects with an offer to buy a quantity of the explosives.

The prosecutor suggested that the explosives had been stolen in batches, and indicated that, based on information received by the police, he expected a large quantity of the remainder will be recovered.

It also emerged in court yesterday that since the eight arrests on Friday, several calls were received on the hotline maintained by the police for receiving information from members of the public. Police have five new pieces of information from this source that allegedly link the suspects to the theft, as well as new information passed on in person to the CID investigating officer.

The three defending counsel all described the police sweep-search operations on Friday as “irregular” and “against the rules”. They also used the police’s lack of a written statement to say that the searches amounted to “fishing operations in muddy waters”, designed to make the police, National Guard and the state look good.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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