Cyprus police issue arrest warrant for missing alleged spy

21:37, July 01, 2010      

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Robert Christopher Metsos, 55, a Canadian passport holder and alleged Russian spy wanted by the United States, is seen in a photo released by the Cyprus Police Department July 1, 2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Cyprus police on Thursday posted a picture of missing alleged spy Robert Christopher Metsos, considered by the American authorities to be a high ranking member of an 11-man ring spying upon the United States for the Russian government.

“We have issued an arrest warrant against Metsos for disobeying a court order to report to a police station”, Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said.

He added police are requesting information from the public which might lead to his arrest.

The suspect was described as of medium build, balding with grey hear, rimless spectacles and a neat moustache.

The picture posted by Cyprus police was taken in Cyprus two days ago, shortly before he was released on bail.

Metsos, aged 54, failed to report to a police station in the southern coastal city of Larnaca as ordered by a court which had set him free on bail to appear at an extradition hearing on July 29.

Metsos had cleared the apartment he had moved in after leaving his hotel room where he had stayed for 11 days before his arrest while trying to leave for Budapest.

Justice Minister Loucas Louca told reporters there are certain indications as to where the suspect is now, but he refused to give any details.

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