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Policeman stole drug money

LIMASSOL district court on Thursday sentenced a Drug Squad police officer to six months in jail after he pleaded guilty to stealing cash which had been confiscated as evidence in drugs-related cases.

The offences, dating back to 2007, came to light in 2011 when during the course of the court trials of the cases it emerged that 5,330 pounds (€9114) and 1,990 pounds (€3402), respectively, were missing from the evidence.

The 41-year-old officer initially claimed to have no knowledge of the missing cash, however he subsequently admitted to taking the money.

In pronouncing sentence, the court said it was exercising the maximum leniency on the defendant, but also noted that the fact he is a law enforcement officer made the offence even more serious.

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