Cyprus Mail

Second suspect in Larnaca chemical case freed

Police remove the chemicals stored in barrels in Larnaca

POLICE on Friday released a second suspect, a 62-year-old businessman from Lebanon arrested in Larnaca last week in connection with five tonnes of chemical fertiliser capable of making explosives found.

The man, a Cyprus national, had been remanded in custody for five days in connection with the discovery of five tonnes of ammonium nitrate. The order expired on Friday and he was released after police determined he was not involved in the case.

The businessman is the owner of a transport company, which was used by others to import the chemical.

The chemical was found in the basement of the Larnaca property, mixed in with icepacks.

His arrest followed that of a 26-year-old Lebanese Canadian.

Security sources say authorities are looking into a possible link with Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a claim also made by Israel, but the suspect denies any connection with the group or the hoard of chemicals.

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