Cyprus Mail

Large scale operation against Limassol underworld (updated)

CFA Chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis

Police said Friday, that an operation in Limassol, which began earlier in the morning in a bid to find weapons and explosives, ended with no arrests.

The Cyprus Mail understands that apart from Limassol CID officers and officers from the HQ in Nicosia, armed members of MMAD were deployed, with several premises connected to the underworld raided.

Around 10 people were called in for questioning, without however, any arrests reported by late afternoon.

The action followed a bombing on Thursday of the Limassol offices of Minerva insurance company on Omirou Street.

“Police investigations are continuing in various directions, one of which is football,” Limassol CID chief Ioannis Sotiriades said.

The explosion is believed to have been aimed at the chairman of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA), Costakis Koutsokoumnis, who has an interest in Minerva.

Sotiriades said raids were carried out at first light, but nothing incriminating had been discovered at the six addresses searched.

“Some people were taken in for questioning, without as yet, anything being found against them.”

Koutsokoumnis had announced on Monday at an extraordinary meeting of the CFA that “the party is over for the betting mafia.”

The meeting was called to focus on the many ‘red notices’ sent recently by UEFA concerning match fixing.

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