The Cyprus judiciary is set to start the criminal trial of six men accused of plotting to attack Israeli businesspeople on the Mediterranean island.
According to reports, the suspects will face charges of conspiracy to murder, participation in a criminal organization, terrorism, illegal possession of firearms, and circulating fake documents.
Sources said four of the suspects are alleged food delivery drivers from Pakistan and a Cypriot of Lebanese origin.
The decision to hold the suspects on trial was released on Friday by a Nicosia district court.
Due to the sensitivity of the case, the trial is expected to be held behind closed doors for security reasons, and the six will remain in police custody until then.
In the initial police investigation, an alleged hitman was arrested on Sept. 27 while crossing from the Turkish-occupied north through a Nicosia checkpoint, where police officers intercepted him after being tipped off.
After the arrest of the hitman, the other arrest came in the following weeks after police accessed the main suspect’s telecommunications data.