Cyprus Mail

Bulgarians deported after police round-up

Three Bulgarians have been deported after police in Larnaca arrested four Bulgarians and three Romanians on Friday night on suspicion of being part of criminal organisations.
The remaining four are being held and will be deported on Monday, police said.
Larnaca Police spokesman Charalambos Zahariou said the suspects were considered “undesirables”, that they have been under surveillance and that police had “strong indications that they were likely to be a danger to public order”.
However none of the EU citizens arrested had actually committed a crime at the time of their arrest.
Warrants for their arrest, according to the police report, were issued on Thrusday. Police were looking for eight people but couldn’t locate the last suspect.
Some of them were arrested in their homes and some in public places.
Zahariou said that police evaluated the personal data of the suspects and found that “they had no links to Cyprus, meaning that they had no family here and no job.”
Trying to explain why they were arrested, Zahariou said that the suspects were linked with a similar police raid that took place on June 13, when 12 people were arrested and a loaded pistol was found.
Zahariou said that police have possibly thwarted criminal activities the suspects were likely to engage in. He said the suspects were known to the police and that some of them were under investigation in relation to “serious criminal cases.”
Some of the suspects have been in Cyprus for years while others only recently came to the island.
According to the report, 60 police officers took part in the operation.

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