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AG appeals ELAM suspects’ release

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The attorney-general has filed an appeal against the release of three members of far right extremist group ELAM who were arrested in connection with a violent incident in Limassol at the end of last month.

The three, aged 25, 30 and 39, were arrested on March 27 in connection with causing trouble at an event on the Cyprus problem, attended by former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

Some 70 members of the ELAM tried to storm the building where the event was being held.

They managed to enter the lobby and hurled a flare inside the hall.

A Turkish Cypriot journalist who tried to take photos was slightly injured when scuffles broke out with police whose presence at the event was inadequate.

Police had requested their detention but a Limassol district court was unconvinced, saying the justification was “unclear and vague.”

It ordered the immediate release of the three suspects.

The incident led to the sacking of the chief of police.

In a written statement issued on Thursday, Attorney-general Costas Clerides said he has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court as a police investigation into the incident continued.

The island’s top lawyer added that ELAM was not a registered political party under the current legislation.

An application filed in 2012 had been rejected by the interior ministry because it did not meet the conditions set by the law.

A second application filed in 2011was not examined because of some gaps in the law.

A fresh application was submitted at the end of last month.

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