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Investigators appointed to probe police debacle

The Ayia Napa restaurant where Kalopsidiotis was gunned down

The attorney-general on Tuesday appointed three investigators to look into possible corruption and dereliction of duty by members of the police force concerning the debacle over the June 23 killing of businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis in Ayia Napa.

The probe had been requested by Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou following a monumental bungle where police – having being tipped off by the Interpol office in Belgrade, Serbia, about a planned murder in Cyprus – placed a call to the very gang believed to be behind the plot, thus alerting them to the fact that authorities were onto them.

Reportedly this call from Cyprus had been monitored by the Serbian police who then contacted authorities here to inform them that the presumed mastermind had received a call from a Cypriot number – which later proved to be that of Interpol Nicosia.

The hit on Kalopsidiotis was reportedly being planned since March, but is said to have been put on hold once criminal elements in Serbia got wind of police surveillance.

The police here have admitted that an erroneous call was made.

Attorney-general Costas Clerides appointed former Supreme Court judge and chairman of the police watchdog Andreas Pashalides, and former police officers Panayiotis Pelagias and Agamemnonas Demetriou.

The probe should be carried out within three months.



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