Greek Cyprus wants Interpol help to find stolen Papadopoulos corpse

Greek Cyprus has requested Interpol's help in trying to find the corpse of former President Tassos Papadopoulos, stolen from his grave last week, police said on Wednesday.

Greek Cyprus wants Interpol help to find stolen Papadopoulos corpse

Greek Cyprus has requested Interpol's help in trying to find the corpse of former President Tassos Papadopoulos, stolen from his grave last week, police said on Wednesday.

Authorities say they needed foreign help because such a crime had never been committed in the Mediterranean island.

The body of Papadopoulos, who died a year ago, was stolen from his grave last week. There has been no claim of responsibility, no sign of the corpse and no arrests.

"We got some answers on similar cases in other countries and we will be looking at how the criminals operated, and the methodology of the police (there)," said police spokesman Michalis Katsounodos.

"This way we will fill in the jigsaw puzzle of what further action may be required on our part," he said.

A day before the anniversary of his Dec. 12, 2008 death, the politician's corpse was removed from its casket overnight in torrential rain after the culprits shifted a granite slab and dug through several feet of earth.

Police believe the perpetrators used lime to cover their tracks. There was also a power cut in the area at the time.

Commenting on rumours that Papadopoulos's family may have received a ransom demand, Katsounodos said: "We had heard that information and we contacted the late president's family who categorically denied it. Such a demand has not been made."

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.



Reuters

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Eusebio Da Costa
Eusebio Da Costa - 9 yıl Before

The 2004 UN Plan was for a loose confederation of two states based on ethnic grounds not for reunification. Read the document please. More care next time.