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Court orders detention of trio in prison murder investigation (Updated)

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File photo: Nicosia central prisons

Nicosia district court on Friday issued a detention order for three men, aged 53, 38 and 36, in connection with the case of the premeditated murder of a 41-year-old inmate at the central prisons, according to a police announcement.

The police announcement did not specify whether they were also inmates. However, Cybc reported that the three men are prison guards.

The case involves the death of Turkish Cypriot Tansu Cidan, whose autopsy showed he had been beaten to death.

Previously, 10 prison guards had been suspended following Cidan’s death and 11 inmates remanded, with police investigating premeditated murder.

Cidan had been arrested in April for drugs possession with intent to supply. He was serving a long-term sentence for “multiple crimes”, reported to include eight years for possession of a significant quantity of drugs.

Nicosia police continues investigations.

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