• Short Summary

    FORMER CYPRIOT INTERIOR MINISTER POLYCARPOS GEORCHADJIS, WHO'S BULLET RIDDEN BODY WAS FOUND LATE LAST MONTH, WAS TODAY NAMED BY A NICOSIA COURT AS A CONSPIRATOR IN AN ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT MAKARIOS.

  • Description

    FORMER CYPRIOT INTERIOR MINISTER POLYCARPOS GEORCHADJIS, WHO'S BULLET RIDDEN BODY WAS FOUND LATE LAST MONTH, WAS TODAY NAMED BY A NICOSIA COURT AS A CONSPIRATOR IN AN ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT MAKARIOS. PRESIDENT MAKARIOS ESCAPED UNHURT WHEN HIS HELICOPTER WAS SHOT AT IN NICOSIA ON MARCH 8.

    SIX GREEK CYPRIOTS, INCLUDING THREE POLICEMEN, WERE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING AND ATTEMPTING TO MURDER PRESIDENT MAKARIOS. A DISTRICT COURT IN NICOSIA TODAY REFUSED THE MEN BAIL AND SET A PRELIMINARY INQUIRY FOR APRIL 21. THE ACCUSED WERE NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER A PLEA.

    THE DEFENDANTS, A POLICE INSPECTOR, TWO CONSTABLES, A BUSINESSMAN, A NEWSPAPER EXECUTIVE AND A UNIVERSITY STUDENT, WERE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING WITH GEORGHADJIS AND OTHERS TO FORCE A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT AND MURDER THE PRESIDENT.

    PRESIDENT MAKARIOS HAS SAID THAT HIS GOVERNMENT DIDN'T COMMENT ON THE MURDER OF THE FORMER MINISTER BECAUSE THERE WAS REASON TO BELIEVE HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT. HE SAID THAT HE, AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS, FOUND THEMSELVES IN AN EMBARRASSING POSITION. THEY VERY DEEPLY GRIEVED OVER THE MURDER, BUT HAD REASON TO BELIEVE HE WAS PLOTTING TO FORCE A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT.

    THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS SO FAR IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF GEORGHADJIS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA24JNOHKGJB5DJ5INJINRMLEPH
    Media URN:
    VLVA24JNOHKGJB5DJ5INJINRMLEPH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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