Three men guilty in theft of Cyprus ex-leader's corpse

Three men guilty in theft of Cyprus ex-leader`s corpse Nicosia: A Cyprus court has found a jailed murderer, his brother and another man guilty of unlawfully exhuming the body of the island's former president.

The body of Tassos Papadopoulos was snatched from a Nicosia cemetery in 2009 and was reburied three months later after police arrested the suspects and found the body.

The court today convicted Antonis Prokopiou Kitas, his brother Mamas, and Sarbjit Singh of India of stealing Papadopoulos' body but cleared them of attempting to extort money from the late president's family. Sentencing will be April 18.

It ruled that Antonis, who was serving a life sentence, took the body to try and negotiate his release from prison.

Papadopoulos served as president of the divided Mediterranean island between 2003 and 2008, and died that year at 74.

Bureau Report