Cyprus Mail

Bulgarians extradited to the island held in remand

Two men from Bulgaria, who were extradited back to Cyprus on Monday, were remanded for three days on Tuesday in connection with two different cases concerning offences committed on the island.

Police had issued European arrest warrants for the men, aged 29 and 32, one for allegedly causing grievous bodily harm in May while the other is suspected of stealing a briefcase containing €80,000 in cash from a car around two years ago. Both offenses were reported in Paralimni.

The suspects, who were wanted by the Famagusta CID, were arrested in Sofia by the Bulgarian police. They were flown from Bulgaria on Monday, escorted by two officers of the Famagusta police.

The 29-year-old is suspected of causing grievous bodily harm last May to a compatriot of his who he suspected of helping his girlfriend hide from him. The court heard that on the same day, the suspect also hit his girlfriend and the partner of his compatriot.

The second suspect, aged 32, was wanted for allegedly stealing the briefcase from a car parked outside a villa in the Paralimni area.

The suspect, the court heard, was identified through the footage of surveillance cameras installed outside the residence. The offence took place in August 2013. The 32-year-old, the court heard, had escaped to Bulgaria where he opened two bank accounts, bought a car and made a number of purchases.

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