Russian spy-ring paymaster escapes Cyprus on bail

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 1, 2010 16:35

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Red-faced authorities in Cyprus searched airports, ports and yacht marinas Thursday in a hunt for a suspected Russian spy-ring paymaster who vanished after being allowed to walk free on bail.

Police also examined surveillance video from crossing points on the war-divided island, fearing the suspect may have slipped into the breakaway north of the island, a diplomatic no-mans-land recognized only by Turkey.

Christopher Robert Metsos, 54, is wanted in the United States on charges that he supplied money to the spy ring that operated under deep cover in America's suburbs. Ten spy suspects were arrested in the US on Sunday, and nine of them face bail hearings Thursday at federal courts in the United States.

Metsos' disappearance is a major embarrassment to the Cypriot government, which has promised to do everything possible to recapture him. The suspect was traveling on a Canadian passport and had said he was a tourist.


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