NICOSIA, CYPRUS: A Cyprus police spokesman says authorities have stepped up their search for an alleged member of a Russian spy ring who vanished after skipping bail.
Michalis Katsounotos said Thursday that police have “no indications yet” that 54-year-old Christopher Robert Metsos has left the island or crossed over into its breakaway northern Turkish sector, which is recognized by no country other than Turkey.
Metsos, who says he is Canadian, is wanted in the U.S. on charges he supplied money to the spy ring that operated under deep cover in America’s suburbs. He was arrested Tuesday in Cyprus as he tried to board a flight for Budapest, Hungary. A Cypriot judge freed him on euro27,000 ($33,000) bail, but Metsos failed to show up Wednesday for a required meeting with police.