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Two dead in car accident 

TWO people aged 21 and 22, died in an accident in the early hours yesterday and another 21-year-old, the driver, is in critical condition.

According to police at around 4.30am the car being driven by Panayiotis Vlachos on the Astromeriti–Evrychou road, close to the Atsas area, veered off course, hit a tree, flipped over and landed on the road.

Vlaxos and his passengers, George Chrisis, 21, and Christoforos Christoforou, 22, from Galata were trapped in the car. They were freed by members of the fire department and taken to the Nicosia general hospital where Chrisis and Christoforou were pronounced dead on arrival. Vlaxos was said to be in critical condition yesterday. 

Police traffic department chief Demetris Demetriou said it looked as if the cause of the accident was speeding but it would be investigated.






‘Red file’ to CFA over match-fixing 

EUROPEAN football’s governing body, UEFA have yet again sent out a warning to the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) about a possible case of match-fixing in the Cypriot league. 

The CFA were informed by UEFA on Wednesday afternoon that the match between Nea Salamina and Alki which took place on Sunday, April 21 had raised suspicions due to unusual betting patterns. UEFA informed the CFA they would be sending a ‘red file’ to the Federation’s headquarters. 

The CFA will hand the file, which is expected to arrive in the next few days, over to the police to investigate the case.

UEFA has sent ‘yellow’ and ‘red’ files to Cyprus in the past on games that raised suspicions, mainly due to information gathered from dubious goings-on in the football betting industry. 

A yellow file indicates that the match “could have been fixed” while red shows the game was “most probably fixed”.








Work death 

POLICE are investigating the death of a 39-year-old man who lost his life yesterday in a horrific work-related accident.

Police said the deceased, Mariano Jovenzo, was struck by an excavator at a worksite in the area of Mari.

Jovenzo, a Filipino national, was struck in the abdomen by an excavator-loader being operated by another man. He died instantly from the blow.

An autopsy will be carried out today to determine the precise cause of death – from external or internal bleeding.

The operator of the excavator, an Indian national, has been detained on suspicion of negligent manslaughter. He is to appear before a Larnaca court today where police will ask that he be remanded in custody.





Attempted murder 

POLICE ARE investigating an attempted murder which happened on Wednesday night in the village Nikitari in the Nicosia district. 

According to a police spokesman, a 30-year-old local reported to police that around 9.30pm on Wednesday as he was on his way to the home of a fellow villager aged 60, to resolve certain differences, the latter allegedly shot him with a hunting rifle, injuring him in the back of the head.

According to the victim’s statement, the weapon was removed from the scene by his assailant’s 33-year-old son. The injured man was initially taken to Evrychou medical centre before being taken to Nicosia General Hospital. He was kept overnight for observation but his condition is not considered to be critical. 

Police arrested both the father and son for questioning.




Tree warning 

THE Forestry Department said yesterday it was concerned that trees were being illegally cut down by people collecting wood for the traditional Easter bonfires.

 “Unfortunately in an effort to continue a religious custom, trees are being destroyed, often by young people who are unaware of the ecological damage they are doing,” a statement from the department said.

Carob, Eucalyptus, and Cypress trees are among those being cut down. According to forestry law, those found guilty of illegally cutting down trees could receive a fine of up to €5,000, imprisonment or both.

“We would like to call on local authorities, organised groups and sensitised people to immediately report any incident to the local forestry office or the police,” the statement said.





POLICE arrested a 37-year-old kiosk owner from the village of Emba in the Paphos district on Wednesday after finding 640 firecrackers in his possession. The 37-year-old had the firecrackers hidden in a bag under the kiosk’s counter. He was written up and released.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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