Two Israeli men who were arrested at Paphos airport after a taxi driver taking them to catch their flight home reported he had seen a pistol in their possession, were released on Monday afternoon after police verified the sidearm was a replica.
Paphos CID told the Cyprus Mail that following the tip-off, the two, aged 20 and 24, who planned to board their return flight to Haifa, were stopped, taken aside and searched.
The firearm turned out to be a replica which the two claimed they had bought in a souvenir shop in Ayia Napa, where they had been spending their holiday.
The two maintained the gun was a replica they had bought from an Ayia Napa souvenir shop as a memento and that they had not realised the seriousness of the case, the mobilisation it would provoke in the vicinity of the airport or the inconvenience to the authorities.
The pistol was earlier sent to the forensic laboratories of at police headquarters for further examination.