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Bases police hand prisoner to Cypriot police

A convicted prisoner who served a two-year sentence at the British bases prison in Dhekelia for a drugs-related case was handed over to the Cypriot police pending another trial after it was discovered he had possibly continued his illegal activities while in jail.

The bases said this week they handed over a Greek Cypriot man to the Cypriot Police for a case concerning drugs. The man served a two-year sentence in Her Majesty’s Prison in Dhekelia, after being convicted in 2016 for possession of a class-A drug with intent to supply.

But with only months remaining on his sentence, bases police officers received intelligence that the man intended to smuggle a mobile phone into the prison and attempt to facilitate drug deals in the Republic of Cyprus.

Following the tip off, bases officers discovered a mobile phone concealed inside the man’s prison cell.

“The phone was immediately handed over to CyPol for analysis and results showed that he was still actively attempting to involve himself in illegal drugs deals,” bases police said.

Prior to his release this week, bases police received an arrest warrant from Cypriot police, and after being given the green light by a bases court, the man was handed over to Cypriot police on his release.

Chief Inspector Mustafa Kemal, who was actively involved in the case, said this was a great example of the two police forces working closely together.

“This was by no means a simple case but we have managed to achieve a very successful outcome,” he said.

“To think he (the man) could attempt to facilitate drugs deals whilst in SBA police custody is ridiculous and thanks to our excellent working relationship with CyPol, we have managed to ensure he went straight back into custody upon his release from HMP Dhekelia.”

The man is currently under custody in the central prisons pending a hearing at Larnaca District Court set for February 26.

He is believed to be involved in a case concerning the smuggling of 6.5 kilogrammes of cannabis, found last June in the luggage of a 52-year-old man who had arrived at Larnaca airport from another European country. Following investigations two men from Paphos, aged 26 and 28, were also arrested.

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