Cypriot authorities are probing an Azeri national on suspicion of carrying out a terror attack as part of an alleged plot to assassinate one or more Israeli businesspeople in Cyprus, according to Israel’s Channel 12 news.
During a hearing at which the suspect’s remand is extended by six days, Cypriot police reveal they are also investigating the suspect for attempted murder, belonging to a criminal organization, conspiracy to commit a crime and being in the country illegally, among other charges.
The suspect’s lawyer tells the Israeli network that his client denies any terror links and has nothing to hide.
The lawyer also denies any Iranian connection to the alleged plot, despite Israel’s government blaming “Iranian terror” for the reported assassination attempt.
“The investigating unit has not proven these things to us,” the lawyer says.
The network further reports the Mossad intelligence agency believes seven Israelis were targeted as part of the plot – businessman Teddy Sagi and six people who work with him.