Greek Cyprus issues warrant for Russian spy suspect

Police in Greek Cyprus issued an arrest warrant for a suspected Russian spy wanted by US who vanished shortly after being freed on bail.

Greek Cyprus issues warrant for Russian spy suspect

Police in Greek Cyprus issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for a suspected Russian spy wanted by the United States who vanished shortly after being freed on bail on the Mediterranean island.

Christopher Robert Metsos, 55, who American authorities accuse of being the paymaster for a network of Russian agents in the United States, failed to report to a police station on Wednesday, violating terms of his bail granted a day earlier.

A police statement issued on Thursday said Metsos was wanted for "disobeying a court order" on June 30. "We have no indications of where he may be," Michalis Katsounotos, a police spokesman, said, adding that he had cleared out his apartment.

The spokesman declined to speculate about whether he had fled Cyprus. Police were searching for him on the island.

Police released a photograph of Metsos on Thursday. The suspect was of medium build, balding with grey hear, rimless spectacles and a neat moustache. It was taken in Cyprus on June 29, shortly before he was released on bail, police said.

Metsos is accused by U.S. authorities of having managed payments to a group of agents collecting information for Russian intelligence for at least a decade. Ten suspects were arrested in the United States on Sunday, causing a diplomatic stir.

A Canadian passport holder, Metsos was arrested as he attempted to fly out of Cyprus in the early hours of June 29 for Budapest. On the same day, a local court ordered he be freed on bail, rejecting a request from police he remain in custody until an extradition hearing scheduled for July 29.

Metsos had checked in with police on the first day of his bail, on June 29. On Wednesday, the day of his disappearance, he was expected to discuss terms of his case with his lawyer, but Metsos did not communicate with him, the lawyer told Reuters.

A spokesman for Turkish Cypriot police said they had no knowledge of Metsos being in the north.

After checking out of one hotel on Tuesday, Metsos checked in to another complex of modest holiday apartments off the Larnaca seafront promenade.


Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Temmuz 2010, 16:23

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