Corpse of dead Cyprus ex-president recovered from bodysnatchers





The corpse of the former Cyprus president, Tassos Papadopoulos, has been recovered by police three months after it was mysteriously snatched from the grave.

The body was found dumped at a cemetery in a suburb of Nicosia late on Monday following an anonymous telephone tip-off to police on the eastern Mediterranean island.

Mr Papadopoulos's grave was robbed on December 11 – the eve of the first anniversary of his death – in a crime that baffled Greek Cypriots.

His coffin was raided at night during a thunderstorm and was discovered empty the next morning by a member of the former president's personal guard, who went each day to light a candle at his grave.

Papadopoulos, a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer aged 74, was president from 2003 to 2008 during which time Greek Cypriots rejected a plan to reunify the island, and joined the European Union.



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