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Three remanded suspects could be ‘bust thieves’

By Constantinos Psillides

Three Romanian nationals were remanded for three days on Wednesday in connection with the theft of the bronze bust of Dervis-Ali Kavazoglu on May 26.

According to the police report, the three men were arrested on Tuesday when they visited a scrap metal factory in Yeri, in the Nicosia district, to sell the chopped up bust.

The factory’s owner bought the metal, locked the Romanians in the factory and called the police.

Upon interrogation the three men admitted in stealing the bust.

Pieces of the bust were identified by members of the Athienou Leftists Association.

Kavazoglu was a former AKEL member, who was murdered in an ambush by the Turkish paramilitary group TMT in 1965.

He was gunned down while riding in a car with fellow AKEL member Andreas Misiaoulis and they have been since regarded as an icon for the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot peace movement.

Police are looking into whether the three men were also responsible for stealing another bust, that of Polycarpos Yiorkadjis. The bust was reported stolen by his family last week but it might have been stolen at anytime in the last three weeks.

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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