Cyprus Mail

Convicted former minister still in hospital

Former defence minister Costas Papacostas, who was sentenced on August 2 for his involvement in the Mari naval blast, is still hospitalised at Nicosia General and there are no immediate plans for his release to the authorities.

The former minister of defense was hospitalised since July 9, rumored to be in poor health.

Papacostas was sentenced to five years jail on charges of manslaughter for his role in the July 11, 2011 Mari naval base blast, in which 13 sailors and firemen died.

Asked on why the former minister isn’t serving his time in jail, Central prison governor Giorgos Tryfonidis deflected blame on the doctors. “They don’t discharge him,” Tryfonides told Cyprus Mail, adding that the minister is under surveillance around the clock. “There is an armed guard with him at all times,” Tryfonides clarified.

Nicosia general hospital officials refused to comment on the condition of Papacostas health, as well as why he is still hospitalised. An official told the Cyprus Mail that a press release would be issued in the next days, followed by a press conference.


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