Men found guilty of stealing ex-president’s corpse

Three men have been found guilty of stealing the remains of Cyprus’s former president, Tassos Papadopoulos.

Two Cypriots and an Indian man were accused digging up the body of Mr Papadopoulos from Kato Deftera cemetery in December 2009.

The Indian man Sabrjit Singh and a Cypriot, Antonis Prokopiou Kitas had already been serving life for double murder and rape when the latest charge was proved.

The grave-robbery was masterminded by mobile phone from a cell at Nicosia Central Prison.

Kitas’s brother, Mamas, was found guilty of actually exhuming the corpse.

More serious charges of blackmail and extortion were dropped.

The trio were arrested after Papadopoulos’s body was found buried in an already occupied grave at another cemetery, many kilometres away.

His body was stolen one day before a memorial service was due to be held to mark the first anniversary of his death.


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