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One remanded over arson attack at Limassol court (Updated)

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One man was remanded on Tuesday, while a woman was arrested in connection with an arson attack on a room of the Limassol district court where evidence was being kept.

The 33-year-old man, who was remanded for eight days, was arrested by officers who were conducting a search at a specific apartment in the Paphos district as part of the investigations into the arson case.

A 23-year-old woman who was also found in the house was arrested for the same case.

They are suspected of offences of conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary, theft, arson and interfering in court proceedings, police said.

Two more suspects are being sought in relation to the case, police said.

In his statement to the police, the 33-year-old reportedly said he was unaware the other two would set a fire in the room as he was instructed to stay outside and act as a lookout.

Investigations started after arsonists set fire to a room at the Limassol district court where evidence is kept, causing extensive damage on July 21.

Police were notified of the fire at around 1.45am by a passer-by who saw smoke coming out of a window on the second floor.

It is believed that two perpetrators used a ladder to access the window, setting a fire in the room which was being used to store evidence, documents, and the court’s servers. The perpetrators left behind the ladder when they fled the scene.

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