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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-08-13
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESGood afternoon, it's half past one and this is the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation transmitting on 91.1. FM. It's time for the news. First, the headlines:
The man who dispatched to Rauf Denktash a controversial list of 15 people supposedly seeking compensation for their property in the occupied north, defended his actions,
The government wants to revamp the "burden of proof" law and bring it up to date so that criminals no longer get off scot free through legal loopholes,
AND US authorities arrested three people yesterday in a foiled plot to smuggle into the US an anti-aircraft missile.
 POLYCARPOUThe man who dispatched to Rauf Denktash a controversial list with the names of 15 people seeking compensation for property in the occupied north said he's fully aware of his actions.
The man in the eye of the storm, Christakis Polykarpou, said he's not the one committing an illegal act, but rather government officials who he says have ignored his written pleas for compensation.
He also accused politicians of dragging their feet over the Cyprus issue for the last three decades, crushing refugees financially.
Speaking on CyBC radio, Mr. Polykarpou claimed that he only appealed to Rauf Denktash because he exhausted all avenues with the government to seek what he's duly owed.
Referring to some individuals named on the list who said they were deceived by him, Mr. Polycarpou insisted he was very clear from the start that he would take his case up with Rauf Denktash if he got nowhere with the government.
However, Mr. Polycarpou's claims were rejected by one of the people named on the list, Michalis Leantzis, who told CyBC that Mr. Polycarpou had told him the list and accompanying letter would be sent to the government, the UN and international courts.
Mr. Leantzis also said that Mr. Polycarpou had promised that his name would be struck off the list once it was made known that the roll would end up in Rauf Denktash's hands.
 MORPHOU"High treason and a stab in the back" is what Morphou municipality called moves by some Morphou residents to seek property compensation from the Denktash regime.
In a written statement, the municipality said those who applied to Rauf Denktash were deceived and were made to believe that the Turkish Cypriot leader would dispense real justice.
The municipality said Rauf Denktash only cares about clinching recognition for his regime and urged all refugees to rebuff any attempt by the Turkish Cypriot leader and Rauf Denktash to buy them off.
 THEODOROU2Justice Minister Doros Theodorou said the government aims to ammend the "burden of proof" law to make scientific evidence admissable in court and to include cases concerning the stock market fiasco.
Speaking on CyBC radio, Mr. Theodorou said law enforcement authorities have found existing law to be lacking and that amendments are in order.
The Justice Minister disagreed with controverisal views expressed by Assistant Police Chief Soteris Charalambous.
Mr. Charalambous said yesterday that delays in passing ammendments through parliament may be owed to the vested interests of some MPs who are lawyers.
Mr. Theodorou said said such a remark was out of line and doesn't express the government's position.
 CHARALAMBOUSMeanwhile, the assistant police chief himself said he was only expressing personal views and that his broadside against MPs was strictly hypothetical.
Also speaking on CyBC radio, Mr. Charalambous said he had no intention of insulting any MP, but repeated that existing laws need to be revamped because they hamper efforts to bring the guilty to justice.
He said the "archaic laws" have scuppered many cases before the courts, while many others involving the stock market fiasco couldn't be pursued.
 MISSILEU.S. authorities arrested three people yesterday in a sting operation that foiled a plot to smuggle a missile into the United States that could be used to shoot down a commercial airliner.
One suspect, a British citizen, was arrested in Newark, New Jersey, trying to smuggle the Russian-made surface-to-air missile into the country. Two others were arrested in New York.
The Briton believed he was selling missiles to would-be terrorists, but he was nabbed in the international sting by the FBI, British and Russian authorities.
The BBC, which first reported the story with ABC News, said the suspect was a British arms dealer who successfully imported a Russian Igla missile into the United States and believed he was selling it to a Muslim extremist.
The buyer was in fact an undercover FBI agent and the arms dealer's voice is heard on tape saying he wanted the missile to be used to shoot down a large passenger plane.
The FBI said it knew the missile, disguised as medical equipment, was shipped from Russia to Baltimore, Maryland.
 PASSPORTSThe storm over Ankara's decree banning Turkish Cypriots from travelling abroad through Turkey using Republic of Cyprus passports continues unabated in the occupied north.
Turkish Cypriot opposition leader Mehmet Ali Talat said the decree creates a bias against Turkish Cypriots who are forbidden from travelling to Turkey on a Republic of Cyprus passport while Greek Cypriots can.
The opposition coalition group "This Country is Ours" urged Ankara to rescind the decree because it insults and degrades Turkish Cypriots.
Turkish Cypriot newspapers report that the decision for the decree came straight from Rauf Denktash and Ankara's reactionary elements which are against Turkey joining the European Union.
Commenting on a newspaper report likening the occupied north to a barn, Rauf Denktash called on the publisher to pack up and move to the government-controlled areas.
 UNIVERSITYEducation Minister Pefkios Georgiades said 742 spots in Greek universities will in the end, not be made available to elligible Cypriot students.
Mr. Georgiades said Attorney General Solon Nikitas, has ruled that the procedure in assigning the spots is illegal and unconstitutional.
Mr. Georgiades expressed his regret over the ruling, despite his ministry's wish to give the spots to students.
He noted that any move assign the spots would, from a legal standpoint, render invalid the entire entrance examination process.
Regarding any disciplinary or criminal offenses that may have been committed by Ministry employees who had not earlier offered the 742 spots to students, Mr. Georgiades said the Attorney General will render a ruling next week.
 CLEANTHOUSActing Diko chief Nicos Cleanthous said his party is pleased with an e-mail reply from European Socialist Party President Robin Cook on the steps required to join ranks with the socialists.
Speaking on CyBC radio, Mr. Cleanthous said the reply refers to what must done when the times comes to apply for membership to the European Socialists.
He said the e-mail message also advises that Diko consult with social democrats Edek which is a European party member.
Mr. Cleanthous said the e-mail underscores the European Socialist's constitutional provisions, but doesn't refer to any obstacles that could prevent Diko from joining.
 WEATHERMainly fine this afternoon with some scattered clouds.
Winds will be southwesterly to westerly moderate, force 4, and but strong at times, force 5, on the south coast.
Seas will be slight to moderate with temperatures peaking at 37 degrees inland, 33 on the south coast, 31 in the west and 27 in the highest mountains.
More fine conditions tonight with light, northwesterly to northeasterly winds, force 2 to 3, with slight seas.
Temperatures will drop to 24 degrees inland and the south coast, 21 in the west and 19 in the highest mountains.
A reminder, as always, that the fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.