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Sunday, November 15, 1998 Published at 14:32 GMT


World: Europe

Cyprus detains suspected Israeli spies for more questioning


A Cypriot court has remanded two Israelis -- detained last week on suspicion of spying -- for a further five days.

A prosecutor said police had found a wealth of evidence, including sophisticated surveillance equipment in the men's flat, and further investigation was needed.

The men, Udi Argov and Ig'al Damarideny they are spies, and the Israeli foreign ministry has said they were notacting against Cyprus.

Some Cypriot officials have suggested the men may have been working on behalf of Turkey.

A BBC correspondent in Larnaca says the case has become particularly sensitive amid tensions over the expected delivery to Cyprus of a Russian-made missile defence system.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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