Alleged spy gone after making bail in Cyprus
LARNACA, Cyprus — Police began searching late yesterday for an alleged Russian spy wanted in the United States who vanished after being released on bail a day earlier in the Mediterranean island nation.
Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said Christopher Robert Metsos, 54, who says he is Canadian, failed to report to police in the southern coastal town of Larnaca yesterday.
Katsounotos said that a search failed to locate Metsos and that authorities have begun procedures to issue a warrant for his arrest for breaching the terms of his release.
Andreas Pastellides, one of two lawyers representing Metsos in Cyprus, said that they had had no contact with their client since Tuesday.
Metsos’s quick disappearance raised questions about why authorities released him on bail. But Pastellides defended the bail request.
“We objected to our client’s detention because he did not wish to be detained until his extradition,’’ Pastellides said.