CNN article here: Body of Tassos Papadopoulos, former Cypriot President, stolen by grave robbers - Times OnlineFrom Times Online
December 11, 2009
Body of Tassos Papadopoulos, former Cypriot President, stolen by grave robbers
The body of Tassos Papadopoulos, the former President, has been stolen by grave robbers
Michael Theodoulou in Nicosia
Grave robbers have unearthed the remains of the former Cypriot President, Tassos Papadopoulos, and stolen his corpse in a baffling and unprecedented crime that has stunned and outraged the Mediterranean island.
State television interrupted normal programming throughout the morning to bring live reports and reaction to the desecration. It came a day before a memorial service was due to be held to mark the first anniversary of his death.
Mounds of freshly dug-up earth lay at the site of the macabre robbery in the cemetery in Deftera, a suburb to the southwest of Nicosia, the Cypriot capital.
“The grave of the former President has been violated and the body robbed. We are still investigating,” Michalis Katsounotos, a police spokesman, said. The motive for the theft remains unclear, investigators said.
The open grave and empty coffin were discovered by a member of the late President’s guard, who lights a vigil candle every morning in the cemetery, the island’s official news agency said.
Family members and scores of police were at the rain-soaked scene today.
Mr Papadopoulos was leader of the centre-right DIKO party. The current leader, Marios Garoyan, condemned what he called a “heinous and terrible crime”.
Andros Kyprianou, head of the communist AKEL party that leads the island’s Government, expressed outrage. “I don’t know what kind of people would create such a terrible crime and steal a corpse.”
There was no immediate comment from the family of Mr Papadopoulos, whose son, Nicholas, is also a prominent politician.
Mr Papadopoulos, who was a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer on December 12 last year, aged 74.
BBC Article here: BBC News - Outrage in Cyprus at Tassos Papadopoulos tomb raiders
A very very sad thing. What are we coming to when even the dead can't find peace?
And one day before the anniversary of his death.... Tragic.
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