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Suspects in Paphos mayor mother's car bombing head to trial

Criminal trial in car bombing believed to have been a warning to Phedonas Phedonos set for June


Three suspects will appear before the Paphos criminal court next month to face charges in connection with the car bombing that belonged to the mother of the town’s mayor.
The main suspect, a 26-year-old who is suspected of placing the bomb during Christmas holidays in 2017, is facing charges including destruction of property using explosives.
The man named one other person in connection with the case, who is already in custody for other serious crimes.
The suspected bomber was arrested last week in the Konia area in Paphos, and then police proceeded to make two more arrests, taking into custody two brothers aged 20 and 30.
Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos mother’s car bombing attack last year was widely seen as a warning to the mayor, who has been credited for his whistleblowing that helped uncover scandals and lead people to justice.
The mayor’s public comments, putting pressure on the police and corrupt officials, have also made him a target of the criminal underworld.
But the suspect was arrested just last week, following the arrest of a known drug lord who is cooperating with authorities. The arrest took place after a police officer was shot, with the mayor saying cops should have acted much sooner and accusing the police of not acting on earlier information.
The criminal trial begins June 29.
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