February 11, 2016
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Three Norwegian men – who police said had arrived in Cyprus to abduct a toddler – may be expelled from Cyprus as early as Friday morning.
The three men – one which was named in Norwegian media as well known former mercenary Espen Lee – were arrested earlier this month and detained in police custody on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and attempting to abduct a girl of three.
The case concerns a custody battle between a woman from Nicosia and a Norwegian man who was said by the media in the Scandinavian country to have paid the trio to fly to Cyprus and snatch back the girl.
Nicosia CID investigators recently handed the case file to Attorney General Costas Clerides who deemed the evidence and witness statements “too weak” to hold up in court.
This in turn has prompted the Legal Services to immediately call on the police to deport the three individuals from the island as soon as they are released from custody.
A police source on Thursday told the Cyprus Weekly said after the court had given the green light for the three’s deportation and that all that remained was getting them on the next available flight. This, the sources said, could be as early as Friday morning. The three men will remain in custody until their flight, the source confirmed.
A 38-year-old Filipino woman – who investigators say had handed information to the father back in Norway as to the movements of the young girl and his estranged wife – will also be deported according to the same source. They were not able to say exactly when this was expected to take place.
The arrest of the men had made front page news in Norway while Lee – who once famously claimed to have killed over a hundred men during his days as a mercenary in Africa – had maintained his innocence saying that he had arrived in Cyprus, via the Turkish Cypriot airport in Tympou (Ercan), to collect the father’s car “and take it to England”.
He also described his arrest as “surreal” adding that he didn’t know why the Norwegian police had flagged the police in Cyprus.
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