Cypriot 'Al Capone' suspected of stealing president's body

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A notorious Cypriot villain, known as "Al Capone", is suspected of ordering the theft of the corpse of the former president Tassos Papadopoulos.

Antonis Kitas is suspected of giving the order to snatch the body from his prison cell and had hoped to use it as a bargaining tool to secure his release.

Police are questioning Kitas, who is serving a double life sentence in Nicosia prison for multiple rape and murder, about the theft.

Mr Papadopoulos's body was stolen from its grave in a Nicosia cemetery last December, the day before the first anniversary of his death.

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