Outspoken Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos claimed on Monday that drones were being used by criminals to smuggle mobile phones and drugs into prison.
In what has become a frequent occurrence in recent days, Phedonos took to the media to accuse the authorities of knowingly allowing convicts to use mobile phones to organise criminal acts outside.
The mayor said drones were used to smuggle phones inside the Central Prison in Nicosia. To own one, a convict must pay €1,000, he said.
“The use of mobile phones by dozens of convicts, especially those doing lengthy stints, is well known,” he said.
Phedonos said both the justice ministry and the prison administration know about the situation but have not taken any measures.
He said a convict had contacted him to tell him who was behind the bomb that destroyed his mother’s car in Christmas last year. Prison guards know, Phedonos said, but were afraid to talk fearing reprisals against themselves and their families.
Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou rejected Phedonos’ claims regarding the drones.
The minister added, however, that he did not want to engage in a public discussion with Phedonos.
“I don’t think what is happening publicly serves anything, neither the investigation of certain cases nor the collection of information,” he said.
The prison administration also denied the claims. It added however, that it was looking into acquiring an anti-drone system even though they were not a threat at present. The administration said it was in the final stages of procuring phone disabling equipment.