Cyprus Mail

Driver who hit pedestrian during football riot remanded

Limassol court

A 39-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly driving his car towards the crowd during riots between football fans in Limassol and hitting one person aged 24, was remanded on Friday for five days.

On Tuesday night, stones, Molotov cocktails and flares were thrown, garbage bins and traffic lights were set on fire and shop windows were smashed during clashes between AEL and Apollon fans at Enaerios area in Limassol, ahead of Wednesday’s cup final between Apollon and Apoel at the GSP in Nicosia.

The riot squad and Police Rapid Response Unit (MMAD) were deployed to the scene and had to use tear gas to separate the fighting groups to restore calm in the area.

During the riots a car drove at high speed towards the crowd, hitting the 24-year-old who went flying before hitting the ground. He was not seriously injured. The car driver then is seen on video speeding off.

The suspect claims that he did not intend to hit anyone but was only trying to avoid his car being damaged by the stones being thrown by rioters.

An arrest warrant was issued against the driver who was located and arrested on Thursday.

His lawyer objected to the police request for his remand but was dismissed by the court.

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