Daily Archives: November 24, 2011

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Prison, police and migrants dominate Ombudswoman’s case files

DIRE prison conditions, discrimination against migrants, and questionable behaviour by the police are just some of the subjects the Ombudswoman investigated in 2010. 

The most recently published report covers cases examined in 2010 up until December 17, when new Ombudswoman Eliza Savvidou took over.

During that time, 2,670 complaints were filed and over 2,900 cases were fully investigated.

It is the fourth highest number of complaints since the Office was established in 1991, during which time a total of 32,848 complaints have been filed.

In 2010, former Ombudswoman Iliana Nicolaou received a complaint by a man who was in police custody and claimed to have been beaten by police.

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Grenade blast

POLICE were yesterday investigating a grenade explosion in Nicosia that caused damage to two homes but no injuries.

The explosion occurred at around 10 pm on Tuesday, causing €300 worth of damage to the main entrance of two houses. Police said the explosion was caused by a fragmentation grenade.

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Car arson

POLICE are investigating a car arson in Nicosia, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday. 

The car, which was destroyed in the fire, was parked in the ground floor parking of an apartment building.

A second vehicle parked nearby was slightly damaged by the fire before it was put out by the fire service.

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Scaffold theft

CONSTRUCTION tools and materials worth around €35,000 were reported stolen yesterday from a fenced property in Nicosia.

According to the company’s 69-year-old manager who filed the complaint, the construction tools and materials, including scaffolding and several metal tubes, were stored in open view at a company property in Lakatamia.

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Cyprus candidacy for International Maritime Council

CYPRUS has submitted its candidacy for re-election to the International Maritime Council in category, C’, said Communications Minister Efthemios Flourentzos yesterday at the IMO’s 27th Assembly taking place in London.

”Cyprus is seriously concerned by the despicable incidents which occur elsewhere and the unwillingness of the nearby states to take decisive actions against the perpetrators,” said Flourentzos, referring to piracy off the coast of Somalia. 

Flourentzos praised the work done so far by the IMO in the reduction of green house gas emissions from ships but also said that the good work of the organisation can only continue if the membership continues to provide funding by paying promptly and in full.

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Fighting resumes near Cairo's Interior Ministry

RUNNING battles flared in central Cairo yesterday even after Egyptian military police reinforced riot police guarding the Interior Ministry, a flashpoint for violence.

Riot police had earlier pulled back in what seemed to be an effort to calm tension after more than 30 people have been killed and 2,000 wounded in Egypt in six days of protests targeting the ruling army council, not the army itself.

But clashes erupted after nightfall as military police showered tear gas on stone-throwing demonstrators and fired guns into the air. Protesters stampeded back towards nearby Tahrir Square. Ambulances, sirens wailing, ferried casualties away while smoke billowed over the area from fires lit by youths.

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APOEL make history

APOEL became the first Cypriot team to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League last night as they held Zenit St Petersburg to a battling 0-0 draw in a memorable night for Cypriot football.

The Nicosia side continued their fairytale European campaign as they managed to secure the point they needed to progress to the knockout phase of the competition despite coming under heavy pressure from Zenit for large periods of the game.

The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among players and the travelling fans who braved the freezing temperatures at the Petrovski Stadium.

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