Inquiry blames Cyprus president for deadly blast
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The head of an official inquiry says Cyprus' president is mainly to blame for events that led to the explosion of seized Iranian munitions that killed 13 people and caused a political and economic crisis.
Polys Polyviou says Dimitris Christofias was primarily responsible for the "inadequacy, negligence and carelessness" that led to the July 11 blast at a naval base. The explosion also wrecked the island's main power station.
Polyviou presented the public inquiry's nonbinding findings on Monday.
Christofias had testified at the inquiry hearings that he was never told by subordinates just how dangerous the munitions were and denied any personal responsibility.
But Polyviou said Christofias had "very serious personal responsibilities."