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Onoufriou to remain in custody until trial

Andreas Onoufriou

A former convict facing attempted murder charges after firing against police officers will remain in custody until the start of his trial on Tuesday, the Limassol Criminal Court said.

Andreas Onoufriou, 63, had been on the run for five days before he was located and apprehended in Lagia, Larnaca, in late April.

Police had tried to arrest Onoufriou a few days earlier at his apartment in Limassol but he fired at officers using a G3 assault rifle, the same type issued by the National Guard.

He also opened fired at members of the counter-terrorism unit before his arrest at Lagia.

Onoufriou, who pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges on Thursday, had asked to be released pending trial.

The court rejected his request, highlighting the risk of flight and possibility of committing other offenses.

Onoufriou was sentenced to 18 years in jail in 1996 for the attempted murder of a judge in Limassol.

In 2012 he was named in a plot to murder then attorney-general Petros Clerides but the charges were later dropped.

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