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CYPRUS: Suspects in Attorney General murder plot remanded for eight days

30 October, 2012

Three suspects, said to be plotting the assassination of the Attorney General, were remanded in custody late on Monday for eight days by the Nicosia District Court in connection with police investigations into the alleged plot.

The three suspects, all Greek Cypriots, were arrested on Sunday night, after a coordinated operation by the Police, acting on a tip off from a prisoner in Nicosia Central Prison.

The three men are suspected of participating in a conspiracy to commit murder, to commit a serious crime, to possessing explosives and military explosive materials, an anti-tank launcher, automatic guns and pistols.

The first suspect is serving a four-year prison sentence in prison, the second is a former army officer and the third is from Famagusta District.

Speaking at a press conference, Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou said the Police, after a coordinated operation on Sunday night, prevented an assassination attempt against Attorney General Petros Clerides.

The attempted assassination was to have taken place with the use of an anti-tank missile launcher, type “Low”, and the suspect was arrested when he was delivering that weapon, said Papageorgiou, who clarified that, according to all available evidence, the anti-tank launcher is of Turkish origin. The plan was to assassinate Clerides either on his way home from office or on his way to office from home.

Papageorgiou said that the Police received information, about a month ago, regarding an assassination plot against the Attorney General and against another person.