Police Thursday found a foetus in a suitcase buried in Kapedes, a wooded area in Nicosia district.
The discovery comes after a Pakistani man and a Filipina woman were remanded in connection with the birth of the foetus, which she then put in the suitcase. The man admitted burying the newborn in the woods and showed police its location.
The scene was closed off by police who called in a coroner to investigate the find. An autopsy of the body is due to take place later Thursday to ascertain, among other details, if the baby was alive at birth.
The 30-year-old Filipina, whose residence permit had expired and who is said to have feared deportation, gave birth to a what she claimed was a dead foetus. She was remanded Tuesday for eight days, while the 29-year-old Pakistani, who is believed to be living with the woman, was remanded Wednesday for seven days.
The Filipina was taken to hospital haemorrhaging and in an exhausted state on July 14. Following examinations, it was established she had been carrying a child for about 6 months and had given birth earlier that day.
Nicosia court was told that the woman denied she had gone into labour despite repeated quizzing by doctors, insisting that she had only been bleeding. She remained in hospital for treatment and eventually admitted to doctors on July 18 that she had been pregnant since January and had given birth the day she was brought to hospital.
She put the foetus in a suitcase and called the Pakistani man to bury it, maintaining she never told him what the suitcase contained.
Police were called in after her revelations and investigations began to locate both the foetus and the man who had buried it, information the 30-year-old initially refused to give.
Police were told she had not gone to hospital during her pregnancy as she feared being deported as her residence permit had expired in July last year.
Police arrested her for concealing a birth and illegally residing on the island, with the investigating officer telling the court that on the day she gave birth the woman had been rushed to hospital after being discovered lying on the floor of her flat in a pool of blood by two female friends she had called.
The officer said she had testimony from the Filipina that there was a strong stench in the apartment and that the suitcase in which she had placed the foetus also smelled very bad, leading the Pakistani man to question its contents, which she allegedly refused to tell him.