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Ex def min Papacostas in critical but stable condition (updated)

Former defence minister Costas Papacostas got five years

Former defence minister Costas Papacostas, convicted in connection with a deadly naval base blast in 2011, is in critical but stable condition following a heart attack, his family said on Tuesday.

Papacostas, 76, suffered the attack on Sunday evening and was being treated in Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit.

“Today his condition is clearly better and stable,” his brother Iacovos told the Cyprus News Agency. “He went through a difficult night.”

Iacovos said his brother responded well to the treatment and his condition stabilised at around midnight Sunday.

The former minister was sentenced to five years in jail in 2013 after he was found guilty of manslaughter in connection with a blast at the Mari naval base that killed 13 sailors and firemen. Papacostas resigned in the wake of the blast that also disabled the island’s biggest power station, located next to the base.

He has been in hospital since due to poor health.

In December 2014, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against the conviction.

Papacostas recently requested a presidential pardon citing his worsening health.

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