Cyprus Mail

Lack of evidence stymies investigation into bombing of vehicle belonging to mayor’s mother

Police have so far questioned 35 people in relation with the bombing of a car belonging to the mother of the Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos, but have not yet come up with any evidence that could eventually lead to the perpetrators.

Paphos police spokesman Michalis Ioannou said around 10 additional statements were on the cards for the early morning Christmas Day bombing that damaged the front part of the vehicle.

“We have taken statements from additional people that we thought should be questioned,” Ioannou said, pending the results of the forensics investigation of the blast.

The car belonging to Phedonos’ 66-year-old mother was extensively damaged by the explosion. It had been parked in the basement-level of her house.

It is believed that the act is connected with the outspoken mayor’s reports of wrongdoings on an array of issues from state corruption and gambling to match fixing.

The bombing was one of eight investigated by the Paphos CID last year without however making any arrests.

Police hope resolving it could help break the rest of the cases.

Ioannou said the nature of the crime made it difficult for police as most of the times no viable evidence was left behind.

On top of that, the targets of he attacks are rarely willing to provide any information that could lead police to the perpetrators.

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