Cypriot police await attorney-general's advice on spy suspect's laptop

09:22, July 06, 2010      

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Cyprus police are awaiting the advice of the attorney-general on whether to hand to American authorities a laptop and USB memory sticks confiscated from spy suspect Robert Christopher Metsos, Justice Minister Loucas Louca said Monday.

The decision will depend on what the laptop and the USB memory sticks contain, Louca told reporters after a meeting with the police.

"Their content should be related to the case he is sought after by the American authorities," he said.

"If it is only personal moments or other unrelated material to the spying case, it is not permissible to hand over the laptop."

The minister did not specify whether the Cypriot police have examined the content of the laptop and the USB memory sticks.

Metsos, 55, who was traveling on a Canadian passport, apparently fled Cyprus after a court had released him on bail last Tuesday to appear at a hearing later this month for his extradition to the United States.

The FBI accused Metsos of being the paymaster of a spy ring collecting information in the United States for Russia.

Louca said he had asked the police to submit a full report on events relating to Metsos' arrival in Cyprus on June 17 until his arrest last Tuesday and his disappearance. He is believed to have fled, probably on a yacht which had sailed from the southern city of Limassol.

The minister added that the Canadian ambassador to Cyprus told him the suspect was traveling on a genuine Canadian passport. But the name Robert Christopher Metsos actually belonged to a boy who had died at the age of five.

Source: Xinhua


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