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UPDATE: 1515 EDT -- The top law officer in Cyprus, Attorney General
of the Republic Petros Clerides, issued search warrants Monday
aimed at Helios Airways. This, after Sunday's crash of a Helios 737
bound from Larnaca to Athens, then on to Prague.
"After the charges by Minister of Communications and Works and the
Chief of Police, the Attorney General of the Republic has concluded
it was necessary to issue warrants for search in the premises of
Helios in order to attain documents or any other evidence which
might be useful in the investigation of the possibility of penal
offenses", Marios Karoyan, director of the President's Press Office
said late Monday.
The raid came after a day of increasing tensions on Cyprus,
where victims' relatives berated the airline for not releasing
passenger information fast enough.
The airline has offered
families of the victims 13,000 pounds (approximately $23,500). It
wasn't immediately clear how many families, if any, had
Helios executives, in the meantime, denied that their flights
were grounded and issued a lengthy apology on their web site.