Archive for Saturday, December 12, 2009

Body of president stolen from grave

December 12, 2009


— Grave robbers stole the corpse of former hardline Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, digging up his coffin during a thunderstorm just before the first anniversary of his death, police said Friday.

The body-snatching horrified people in Cyprus and came as the island’s Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are locked in complex reunification talks that have made limited progress.

Police said the tomb raiders struck late Thursday or early Friday. There was no immediate indication of a motive.

Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said three people were initially detained for questioning but released without charge.


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