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Escaped prisoner detained (Updated)

A Palestinian man who had escaped police custody was charged at Nicosia district court on Wednesday while another three suspects believed to have helped him were ordered to hand over their travel documents.

Yaser Abdalbaqi, 32, had escaped police custody a day earlier after he was taken to Larnaca hospital for treatment over pain he said he had in his legs.

Police said the whole thing was staged and his 31-year-old girlfriend from Lithuania was waiting for him at the hospital, helping his escape from a side exit.

Outside, two Greek Cypriots, aged 38 and 48 were waiting with a car and drove him to Alaminos, Larnaca.

A member of the public recognised Abdalbaqi from a bulletin police issued and alerted authorities which arrested him shortly before 10pm on Tuesday night.

His girlfriend and the two Greek Cypriots were also arrested for aiding his escape and helping him hide.

Abdalbaqi had been arrested on June 23 as a suspect in a car arson attack in Oroklini a day earlier. He had been held in custody for his eight-day remand.

During court, police said officers looking for the suspect had searched the home of the 38-year-old in Larnaca and found Abdalbaqi’s car, a stolen motorbike, handcuffs, 1.5 grammes of cannabis and a precision scale.

The three suspects were charged and released on a €5,000 bail each, handed over their travel documents and were placed on a stop list. They will also be required to present themselves to a police station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

They are set to appear before court on July 4 to answer to their charges.

Abdalbaqi will remain in custody in the central prisons and in addition to the arson related charges he faced, was charged on Wednesday for escaping legal detention and abusing the right to a medical examination in a bid to flee.



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