The lawyers of two men arrested earlier this week in a drug bust involving 17.7 kilos of cocaine hidden with bananas demand that the trial takes place in a British bases court.
Because, they argue, the bust took place in a warehouse in Asomatos which is within the jurisdiction of the British bases and their clients should not be handed over to Cyprus Drug Squad.
Tuesday’s Squad bust was carried out in cooperation with Greek police, the British Bases and Cyprus customs.
The two arrested men, aged 40 and 46, on Wednesday were taken before a British bases court, which remanded them in custody for two days.
On Friday, the British bases judge will announce whether the two will be handed over to Cyprus police or continue trial proceedings in the sovereign area.
According to reports, the shipment with the bananas had left Ecuador on its way to Cyprus, stopping at the Piraeus port in Greece, where local officers had spotted the drugs.
After contacting Cyprus police, the two law enforcement agencies agreed on a controlled delivery of the container on the island.
The container arrived at Limassol port on July 26, where the controlled delivery got underway with the help of customs.