Cyprus Mail

Arrested Syrian man had 39 cars registered in his name

A 35-year-old permanent resident from Syria was arrested Thursday for having 39 cars registered under his name that he would send to Turkey via the occupied areas, some of which were believed to have reached jihadists in Syria.

According to police, in his confession, the suspect said he worked on behalf of a compatriot in Syria and that he sent three pickups and one jeep, oblivious as to whether they reached jihadists, head of Limassol CID Ioannis Sotiriades told Cyprus News Agency.

The Syrian claimed that for each of the cars he would receive €250 while the rest of the vehicles, which have not been found, were sold on to Egyptians as spare parts.

Police are continuing their investigations and the suspect is expected to be taken to the district court on Friday for a detention order.

In January online Islamic State videos showed pickup trucks with Cypriot registration plates in Syria.

In July 2013 a police source at a main checkpoint told the Mail that they had observed an increasing number of double cabins crossing north but not returning to the government-controlled areas.


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