• Short Summary

    THREE POLICE OFFICERS ARE AMONG THE SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN CYPRUS THIS WEEK IN CONNECTION WITH LAST SUNDAY'S ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS.

  • Description

    THREE POLICE OFFICERS ARE AMONG THE SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN CYPRUS THIS WEEK IN CONNECTION WITH LAST SUNDAY'S ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS.

    THE THREE POLICEMAN AND ONE CIVILIAN WERE ARRESTED IN FANAGUSTA IN EASTERN CYPRUS DURING A SEARCH BY POLICE FOR EXTREMIST CYPRIOT NATIONALISTS AND MEMBERS OF THE CLANDESTINE NATIONAL FRONT ORGANISATION. THIS PARTY GROUPS GREEK-CYPRIOTS WHO DO NOT WANT THEIR ISLAND TOT BE INDEPENDENT BUT WANT UNION WITH GREECE, 'ENOSIS' AS THEY CALL IT.

    THE SUSPECTS WERE BROUGHT TO THE COURT HOUSE BUY THEIR POLICE COLLEAGUES. BUT ALL THE ACCUSED HAD CHANGED INTO CIVILIAN CLOTHES FOR THE JOURNEY. THE SUSPECTS, AFTER THE USUAL LEGAL FORMALITIES, WERE REMANDED FOR TRIAL AND ESCORTED BACK TO THEIR PLACE OF DETENTION UNDER HEAVY POLICE GUARD.

    THE ATTACK ON THE PRESIDENT TOOK PLACE IN NICOSIA SHORTLY AFTER DOWN SUNDAY WHEN HE LEFT BY HELICOPTER FOR A MONASTERY 30 MILES AWAY TO COMMEMORATE HE DEATH IN ACTION OF A CYPRIOT HERO WHO DIED FIGHTING AGAINST THE BRITISH DURING THE 1950'S.

    A GANG OF MEN ON A NEARBY SCHOOL ROOFTOP FIRED ON THE HELICOPTER AS IT ROSE UP. THEY MISSED THE PRESIDENT BUT SEVERELY WOUNDED THE PILOT WHO MANAGED, HOWEVER, TO BRING HIS CRAFT SAFELY BACK TO EARTH.

    POLICE CONTINUE TO SCOUR THE COUNTRY IN HEIR SEARCH FOR THE PLOTTERS AND SOME 20 PEOPLE HAVE SO FAR BEEN HELD FOR QUESTIONING. FORMER CYPRUS INFERIOR MINISTER POLYCARPOS GEORGHADJIS, AN OPPONENT ON MAKARIOS, WAS TAKEN OFF A BEIRUT-BOUND AIRLINER THIS WEEK (MARCH 13) AS IT WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE. AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT SAID HE IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF PEOPLE BANNED FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY WHILE POLICE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ARE STILL UNDERWAY.

    SYNOPSIS: THREE POLICE OFFICERS WERE BROUGHT OF NICOSIA COURTHOUSE THIS WEEK UNDER STRONG POLICE ESCORT FOR A HEARING BEFORE BEING REMANDED INTO CUSTODY IN CONNECTION WITH THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF PRESIDENT MAKARIOS LAST SUNDAY.

    THE THREE POLICEMEN AND ONE CIVILIAN WERE ARRESTED IN FAMAGUSTA IN EASTERN CYPRUS, DURING A POLICE CRACKDOWN ON EXTREMIST CYPRIOT NATIONALISTS AND MEMBERS OF THE CLANDESTINE NATIONAL FRONT ORGANISATION. BUT, FOR THEIR APPEARANCE IN COURT, THEY MADE THE JOURNEY IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES. POLICE CONTINUE TO SCOUR THE ISLAND FOR POSSIBLE SUSPECTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6O6VERQGRI066GQDC5TE9XPV4
    Media URN:
    VLVA6O6VERQGRI066GQDC5TE9XPV4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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