Cyprus Mail

Sifis remanded in the north

Main suspect Iosif Iosif is currently in custody in the north

A 40-year-old Greek Cypriot fugitive detained in the north was on Thursday remanded in custody for 24 hours.

Iosif Iosif, aka Sifis, was detained by Turkish Cypriot police on Wednesday afternoon in a flat in Famagusta. He was found in possession of two 9mm pistols and ammunition.

He was remanded in custody in connection with illegal entry into the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state and illegal possession of firearms.

Iosif is being sought by police in the Republic in connection with an attempt against the life of businessman Nicos Rodotheou in Nicosia in November.

Unknown individuals on a motorcycle had fired five shots at the rear of Rodotheou’s car but missed.

The assailants then fled the scene.

Rodotheou is the brother of businessman Andros Rodotheou who was gunned down while at a friend’s house at the village of Gerasa, Limassol in April last year.

It was not immediately clear whether the Turkish Cypriots would hand Iosif over.