A 33-YEAR-OLD Nicosia man has been charged by police for the illegal transportation of an assault rifle and explosive material after he fired a single shot in the air with a military-issued assault rifle outside parliament on Monday afternoon.
A little after 3pm on Monday the man turned up outside parliament and fired the shot before handing the gun and himself over to police on duty at the legislature.
No injuries were reported.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that once police had concluded their investigations, the man would be called to appear before court.
“We will prepare a file on the man and it will be sent to legal services. The rifle was confiscated as evidence by the police,” he said.
Angelides added that the man had not undergone any psychological evaluation nor was there any plan to evaluate him.
The rifle used was issued by the National Guard as part of the man’s military reservist obligations.