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Court remands Lebanese ammonium suspect for six more days

Police remove the chemicals stored in barrels in Larnaca

The Larnaca District Court on Saturday renewed a six-day remand order for the 26-year-old Lebanese Canadian man in whose house police found around five tonnes of ammonium nitrate.

The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported that the lead investigator told the court the investigation would be wrapping up soon and that in the coming week police would send the case to the Law Office of the Republic for evaluation.

The 26-year-old is suspected of conspiracy to commit a felony, illegally possessing and transporting explosives, along with taking part and providing aid to a criminal organisation.

He denies all charges and claims that he was in Cyprus with his parents to buy or rent a house. He also said that he was in the house where the explosives were found by accident, claiming that he was there just to look at the property.

Police are still looking for the 60-year-old owner of the house, also Lebanese. He is believed to be abroad.

Police issued a European and international warrant for his arrest.

A businessman from Nicosia who was arrested on June 5 in connection to the case has been released. He owns the company that was used to transport the ammonium nitrate but according to police he was not implicated in the case.

It was widely reported that the 26-year-old Lebanese man has ties to Hezbollah. Daily Phileleftheros, citing sources close to Secret Service KYP reported that the suspect was a member of Hezbollah’s military wing and received training in Iran by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Security sources say authorities are looking into a possible link, a claim also made by Israel, but the suspect denies any connection with the group.

The five tonnes of ammonium nitrate have since been moved to an undisclosed location, according to police.

 

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