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Serious crime down by 28 per cent, minister says

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou

Serious crime in Nicosia is down 28 per cent, burglaries more than a third, and traffic accidents by 18 per cent, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Friday.

Following a joint visit with police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou to the Nicosia police headquarters, Nicolaou said that, despite the increase in deadly car accidents, traffic violations are a priority for the police and the ministry.

“There has been substantial activity by the police with regard to organised crime in the Nicosia district, with operations that record significant nominal increases and more effective results, compared with previous years,” Nicolaou said.

Asked what form this activity takes, in light of two unsolved murders, the minister said that, although various measures are taken, it is impossible to foresee and pre-empt all illegal acts, including the killing between criminals.

“No one can foresee and avoid anything, but let’s not forget incidents recorded in previous years, which have largely been minimised,” he said.

“We must talk about cases where certain people reaped significant profits from organised crime and created wealth that secured the continuation and success of their activity. It is a matter we are all too aware of, and significant steps have been taken towards curtailing it.”

Nicolaou said no one can reasonably expect assurances that no other activity of organised crime will take place, including murder, which is why the two unsolved murders from 2015 are not a suitable measure of the action taken by police.

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