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Police probe discovery of ancient tombs during construction work (Updated)

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Paphos CID in collaboration with the antiquities department on Wednesday were investigating the possibility of criminal liability by the managers of a construction company following its failure to report the discovery of three ancient tombs.

The case emerged when a district archaeological officer received information that ancient tombs had been uncovered during construction work in Anavargos, but the relevant authorities were not informed.

The officer visited the site where he saw an employee of the construction company exiting the tomb and called the police.

According to archaeological officer Margarita Kouali, three ancient tombs were found in the site and the scene is now being guarded by officers.

Police also questioned the 37-year-old employee, who said he was there for work and that he was laying pipes. Officers said they did not find anything incriminating during a body search and a search of his residence.

The man, who is a permanent Paphos resident, was charged in writing and then released.

 

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