A man who was convicted in a credit union bank robbery in Limassol has been sentenced to nine years.
Charalambos Kalogerides was arrested in Larnaca last summer in connection with an armed robbery at the Ayios Athanasios Co-op bank in Limassol back in March 2018, where €30,000 had been stolen.
The 33-year-old convict was linked to drug lord Elias Mouzos, who was also arrested for shooting at a police officer in a separate incident. But authorities clarified that Kalogerides was never charged with shooting anyone.
Kalogerides said he feared for his life worrying that the Russian ‘Vory v Zakone’ mafia was well connected on the island including inside the prison
Prosecutors recently told the court that Kalogerides had cooperated with authorities on the robbery at the Agios Athanasios branch, where two other robberies had also taken place in August and September of 2017. But the court also noted that the criminal job was planned well in advance.
Last year, following his arrest, Kalogerides was reportedly terrified of a criminal subculture with exclusive membership, whose members punish anyone who breaks their strict code.
Kalogerides said he feared for his life following his arrest and worried that the Russian ‘Vory v Zakone’ mafia was well connected on the island including inside the prison.