A criminal court in Cyprus on Tuesday found former defence minister Costas Papacostas and three other former officials quilty of the deaths of 13 people killed in a naval base munitions blast on July 11, 2011.
Papacostas was found guilty of manslaughter, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The three others who were found quilty – former fire service chief Andreas Nicolaou, former fire service deputy chief Charalambos Charalambous, and Andreas Loizides, the former commander of the disaster response squad – will face up to four years in jail.
A total of 98 containers packed with explosives and munitions blew up at their storage area in Limassal naval base on July 11, 2011, killing 13 people and destroying a nearby power station which generated more than 50 percent of Cyprus’ electricity.
Cyprus confiscated the containers in February 2009 from a Syria-bound Cypriot-flagged ship that sailed from Iran under United Nations Security Council resolutions on Iran. GNA