Thieves have opened the grave of the former President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, and stolen his body.
The robbers are thought to have lifted a marble slab weighing 250kg, then unearthed the coffin and removed the corpse.
The incident occurred a day before the first anniversary of Mr Papadopoulos' death.
The desecration was discovered by one of Mr Papadopoulos' former guards who lights a candle in the cemetery every morning, according to the official Cyprus News Agency.
John Leonidou is a reporter with Cyprus Weekly in Nicosia.
First broadcast 11 December 2009
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