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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-10-12

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    Cypriot Attorney General Petros Clerides said that the findings of a report by the Greek Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board under Akrivos Tsolakis, regarding the cause of the crash on 14 August 2005 of an ``Helios`` Boeing 737-300, which killed all 121 people on board, would be used by the Police for information so that testimonies could be taken and nothing more, adding that no criminal indictment could be made without material justifying a conclusion of guilt beyond any reasonable doubt.

    Clerides told reporters that the Police would resume their investigative work and that it would be difficult to establish a case.

    The Attorney General said the Police investigative work had been postponed when Tsolakis began his investigation into the causes of the air crash, and now that his report is finished the Police can resume their own work, adding that ``we can take evidence from the report,`` such as the cause of death, and continue with testimonies.

    He said the Police investigations would be carried out in parallel with the work of the Cypriot Commission of Inquiry headed by former Supreme Court judge Panayiotis Kallis.

    The Commission of Inquiry is expected to name those involved in the tragedy so that the Attorney General can bring criminal liability charges against those persons.

    Regarding the renaming of ``Helios`` to ``Ajet``, Clerides said if a legal or natural entity changes its name it does not turn into a ghost.

    ``Mr. Tsolakis has said that it is a ghost. I do not know what he means by this. If a person, whether a legal entity or a natural entity, changes its name, I do not think it turns into a ghost,`` he said, adding that he did not believe that anything would change regarding the responsibilities it could have at a time when it used a different name.

    Clerides also said that the Police unit dealing with the case was quite large and that, if necessary, it would be reinforced by help from abroad.

    Asked if the Tsolakis report could be used as ``evidence``, the Attorney General clarified that it could not be used for indictment purposes but for information so that the Police could proceed with securing testimonies. ``Nothing more,`` he added.

    He furthermore did not rule out using the findings of the Kallis Commission. ``It is a possibility I cannot rule out beforehand, but for now there is no reason for the Police investigations not to run parallel to the investigations of Mr. Kallis,`` he noted.

    To a comment that it would be difficult to establish a case, Clerides said ``yes, it is difficult.``

    The Boeing 737 was on its way to Prague, via Athens, when it crashed into the mountain side north of the Greek capital killing 121 passengers and crew on board, most of them Cypriots going on holiday. The Boeing came down as two Greek F-16 jets were accompanying it after it failed to respond to calls from Athens` control tower.


    Some fifty remains of missing individuals have been exhumed since the end of August and approximately twenty-four have undergone anthropological analysis at the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) laboratory located in the United Nations Protected Area (Old Nicosia Airport), a press release issued by the CMP said.

    It added that the Committee, having secured the necessary funding, has proceeded with the extension of its contract with the Argentinean Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF).

    According to the press release, the CMP met formally this morning to discuss the progress made to date with regard to its project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons

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