Three men from Bulgaria are currently in custody following suspicion that they were on the island to carry out assassinations, police said.
The three men were arrested on Saturday evening, after the owner of a summer home in Paphos reported at noon the same day that three men were in his home without his consent. The men were arrested and in their possession police officers found photos of two people from Paphos.
The people in the photos were called in for questioning and told investigators that they had monetary differences with a British permanent resident. According to the report they told investigators that the British man had contracted the three men to kill them.
Investigators tried to locate the British man for questioning but both he and his partner – according to the police report – had fled the place in which they were staying. An arrest warrant was issued, and according to police spokesman Andreas Angelides, they were closing in on them.
Police investigators contacted Interpol and discovered that the Bulgarian men were allegedly part of a criminal organisation operating out of Bulgaria.
They appeared before the Paphos District Court on Sunday and were remanded for four days. The three Bulgarians – and the wanted couple – are facing charges of attempted murder.
The three men told investigators that they had nothing to do with the case and that they were in Cyprus for holidays.