lundi 24 octobre 2011

Cyprus: Who stole the body of President Papadopoulos?

On December 11, 2009, the remains of the former Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, who died December 15, 2008, was stolen in the cemetery of Deftera, near Nicosia reported the Public Television, denouncing a "heinous crime".
         The desecration of the coffin and theft of the body in the cemetery of Deftera, were found Friday morning by a guard whose mission is to light a candle every day at the grave of the former president.
         The family of Tassos Papadopoulos immediately went to the scene and the police chief Cypriot Michalis Papageorgiou, who oversees the survey, said CNA.
         A security cordon was established around the desecrated grave, taking a few tens of meters to a few people Deftera came despite the rain to see a scene, some in tears.
         "I can not imagine what kind of character can commit a horrible crime,"
said Andros Kyprianou, leader of communist Akel party in power.
         The theft of the body, called a "heinous crime" by Diko, the former center-right party of Mr. Papadopoulos, on the eve of the commemoration of the death of the former president.
         Born in Nicosia in January 1934, Tassos Papadopoulos, a heavy smoker, died December 12, 2008 as the result of lung cancer.
         He was beaten nine months earlier in the presidential election won by Communist Demetris Christofias.
         During his five-year term, he was an uncompromising defender of the Greek Cypriot cause in the face of attempts to resolve the partition of the island.
         "He was a leader of the Greeks of Cyprus, he has served with dedication and passion",
stressed the Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis Alexandrou (2004-2009).
         In 2004, Papadopoulos, a lawyer trained in London, appeared in tears in front of television cameras to urge his countrymen to reject the reunification plan carried by the Secretary General of the UN the time, Kofi Annan.
         Commemorate the first anniversary of the death of former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, was held Saturday with a requiem in the Church of Saint Nicolas Deftera Kato, celebrated by the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, to a huge crowd gathered in the emotion but also in a stupor the night before the theft of the remains of the deceased!
         The body was found March 8, 2010 at the cemetery in Nicosia with an anonymous phone call, but the FBI, Scotland Yard, the Greek and Israeli Police have not identified the perpetrators!

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