By Christos T. Panagopoulos
President of the Cypriot Repubic, Nikos Anastassiades, apologized on Thursday for the tragedy that befell two years ago at the “Evaggelos Florakis” Naval Base in Mari, when a bulk cargo of munitions exploded, claiming the lives of 13 individuals.
“This is a date-landmark about the State’s rulers obligation to give full accountability about their actions. It is also a date by which we honor all those who voluntarily gave their lives in order to save the Cypriot Republic’s prestige”, stated Mr. Anastassiades, while participating in a memorial ceremony who took place in the naval base.
On Tuesday, the Criminal Court of Larnaca found four of the six indictees guilty for the tragedy in Mari: Former Defence Minister, Kostas Papakostas, Chief of the Fire Department, Andreas Nikolaou, Vice Chief of the Fire Department, Pambos Haralambous and Vice Commander of the Emergency Services (EMAK), Andreas Loizides.
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