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    MR. POLYCARPUS GEORGHADJIS, FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER OF CYPRUS, WAS FOUND SHOT DEAD IN A CAR,?

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    MR. POLYCARPUS GEORGHADJIS, FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER OF CYPRUS, WAS FOUND SHOT DEAD IN A CAR, IT WAS ANNOUNCED EARLY TODAY (MONDAY, MARCH 16TH). MR. GEORGHADJIS HAD BEEN AMONG A NUMBER OF PEOPLE BANNED FROM LEAVING CYPRUS FOLLOWING THE RECENT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT AGAINST PRESIDENT MAKARIOS; HE WAS FINED LAST THURSDAY FOR POSSESSING UNLICENSED PISTOLS WHICH POLICE FOUND WHEN THEY RAIDED HIS HOME AFTER THE ASSASSINATION INCIDENT.

    A FORMER "STRONG MAN" OF PRESIDENT MAKARIOS' GOVERNMENT, MR. GEORGHADJIS WAS TAKEN OFF A PLANE BOUND FOR BEIRUT LAST FRIDAY. THE AIRCRAFT, FROM MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES, WAS TAXING FOR TAKE-OFF WHEN GOVERNMENT SECURITY OFFICERS ESCORTED HIM BACK ONTO THE TARMAC.

    WHEN MR. GEORGHADJIS FIRST RESIGNED FROM THE MAKARIOS CABINET IN NOVEMBER, 1968, HUNDREDS OF HIS SUPPORTERS STAGED A VOCIFEROUS DEMONSTRATION THROUGH THE STREETS OF NICOSIA IN PROTEST. MR. GEORGHADJIS ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION AFTER A BRIEF VISIT TO LONDON.

    LOCAL NEWSPAPERS ALLEGED THAT THE FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER HAD MADE THE TRIP TO BRITAIN IN RESPONSE TO GREEK PRESSURE THAT HE COULD NOT BE PRESENT AT A PARADE TO COMMEMORATE GREECE'S ENTRY INTO THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN 1940.

    WHEN THE DEMONSTRATORS REACHED MR. GEORGHADJIS' HOUSE HE CAME OUT THE VERANDAH TO SPEAK TO THEN. HE EXPLAINED THE REASONS FOR HIS RESIGNATION AND ASKED THE CROWD TO DISPERSE PEACEFULLY.

    POLYCARPUS GEORGHADJIS, 39, WAS NICKNAMED "HOUDINI" DURING THE CYPRIOT UPRISING AGAINST BRITAIN BECAUSE OF HIS FLAIR FOR ELUDING THE BRITISH. HE WAS CAPTURED THREE TIMES BY BRITISH TROOPS, BUT ESCAPED ON EACH OCCASION.

    AFTER EIGHT YEARS IN THE CYPRUS CABINET--HE WAS ALSO DEFENCE MINISTER FOR A WHILE--THE GREEK GOVERNMENT PRESSED FOR HIS RESIGNATION, ACCUSING HIM OF COMPLICITY IN AN ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE PRIME MINISTER GEORGE P. PAPODOPOULOS.

    UNCONFIRMED REPORT TODAY SAID MR. GEORGHADJIS WAS LURED FROM HIS HOUSE BY AN ANONYMOUS PHONE CALLER OFFERING INFORMATION ON THE ASSASSINATION AND MAKING AN APPOINTMENT FOR MEETING ON AN ISOLATED ROAD NEAR NICOSIA. THERE HE WAS AMBUSHED AND SHOT DEAD...A POLICE OFFICER ACCOMPANYING HIM ESCAPED IN THE DARK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4FWIVD8BYHUE0I961IYKUVJGR
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FWIVD8BYHUE0I961IYKUVJGR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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