Corpse of former Greek Cyprus president stolen from grave

Police in Greek Cyprus on Friday said the body of former President Tassos Papadopoulos has been taken from its grave.

Corpse of former Greek Cyprus president stolen from grave

Police in Greek Cyprus on Friday said the body of former President Tassos Papadopoulos has been taken from its grave.

Papadopoulos died one year ago and was buried at a cemetery on the outskirts of Nicosia, the capital. Authorities discovered the corpse was missing on Friday morning.

A Reuters witness at the graveyard said the coffin had been opened, and was empty. Family members and scores of police were at the scene.

A police spokesman had no immediate comment.

Papadopoulos, president of Greek Cyprus from 2003 to February 2008, had led Greek Cypriot rejection of a United Nations reunification blueprint for ethnically divided Cyprus in 2004.

Papadopoulos had sought re-election in February 2008, but lost to Demetris Christofias, a former partner in his centre-left coalition.

A few months later he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and died at the age of 74 on Dec. 12 2008.



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Last Mod: 11 Aralık 2009, 11:31
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