A Cypriot court extended the detention of a Lebanese-Canadian man on Friday over the discovery of five tons of chemical fertilizer in a case Israel says bears the hallmarks of the Hezbollah guerrilla group.
Authorities detained the 26-year-old man, holder of a Canadian passport, in late May after finding ammonium nitrate, a potential explosive, in the basement of a home in the coastal town of Larnaca where he had been staying.
Security sources say authorities are looking into a possible link with Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a claim also made by Israel, but the suspect denies any connection with the group or the hoard of chemicals.
"He denies all connection with Hezbollah," his lawyer, Andreas Mathikolonis, said.
Mathikolonis said the man had happened to be at the property because his family was considering renting or buying the property.