Cyprus Mail

Bust stolen from Yiorkadjis’ grave

By Constantinos Psillides
The copper bust of Polykarpos Yiorkadjis has been stolen from his family grave in the Ayios Constantinos and Eleni cemetery in Nicosia, according to the police.
The theft was reported by the family on Thursday afternoon and occurred some time during the last two weeks.
A police investigation is ongoing although it is believed that the theft had no political motivation. Police believe it is more likely to do with the metal, as copper is highly sought after by thieves.
Deputy police spokesperson Nicoletta Tyrimou said copper thefts are a very usual phenomenon. Thieves usually target building sites and sell the stolen copper to scrap metal companies.
Yiorkadjis is the father Nicosia mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis and the first husband of Fotini Papadopoulou, who went on to marry Tassos Papadopoulos, the former president of Cyprus and the best man at Yiorkadjis’ wedding.
Yiorkadjis was a very controversial figure in modern Cypriot history. He was assassinated in 1970 but the culprits were never caught.

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