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Indian held for helping steal body of ex-Cyprus president from grave

A court in Cyprus remanded two men in custody on Wednesday on suspicion of snatching the corpse of former Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos,holding it for ransom for three months until its discovery on Monday....

A court in Cyprus remanded two men in custody on Wednesday on suspicion of snatching the corpse of former Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos,holding it for ransom for three months until its discovery on Monday.

The men,a 31-year-old migrant from India and a 48-year-old Greek Cypriot,are suspected of being behind the bizarre crime,for which the Indian received just 200 euros for his assistance to the other suspect.

Police said the men raided Papadopoulos’s tomb in December,armed with a pick and a shovel,and buried him elsewhere.

A third man,thought to be the theft mastermind and brother of the Greek Cypriot suspect,is already serving a prison sentence for other offences and did not appear in court.

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Police were led to the macabre discovery after the Indian,who authorities say has confessed involvement,made contact with Papadopoulos’s family this week.

The suspect said he felt remorse,so decided to ask for money to reveal where the body was hidden and leave Cyprus,said Yiannakis Charalambous of Cyprus police.

Papadopoulos was president of Cyprus from 2003 to early 2008. He died of lung cancer later that year.

First published on: 11-03-2010 at 01:27:03 am
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