Scientific checks have confirmed the bodies found buried in the garden of a holiday home in early December were indeed those of Alraeesi Khaiat, 43, and Mariia Gazibagandova, 33, police said on Tuesday.

The bodies were uncovered on December 5 as part of an investigation into the disappearance of the two women, both Russian nationals, who had been missing from their Larnaca residence since November 17.

The man’s 44-year-old brother had been questioned earlier in the investigation and was arrested on December 14 after telecommunications data placed him in the Kato Amiantos area during the dates the crime was committed.

The younger brother faces charges of premeditated murder, and theft as he had used the credit card of one of the victims. He is set to face the criminal court on February 11.

His brother will face charges of accessory-after-the-fact and interfering with the investigation.