According to The Associated Press all items belonging to the Russian spy who escaped from Cyprus including his confiscated laptop, will be turned over to U.S. authorities. Cyprus’ Justice Minister declared this yesterday .
Loucas Louca said he will agree to a U.S. request for the laptop, three USB memory sticks and a digital camera. He also added that the handover will go ahead after Cyprus Attorney General Petros Clerides advised that information Cypriot police retrieved from the items legally warrants their transfer to U.S. authorities.
The items were seized on June 29th when Metsos was arrested trying to board a flight to Budapest, Hungary after a 12 day stay on the eastern Mediterranean island. They were not returned to Metsos after a Cyprus court released him on $33,000 bail on June 30th, after which he promptly disappeared.
Metsos was among 11 people indicted on charges of conspiring to act as secret agents in the United States on behalf of the SVR, the Russian Federation’s successor to the infamous KGB.
Metsos’ disappearance deeply embarrassed Cypriot authorities and Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias deflected U.S. Justice Department’s criticism, saying U.S. authorities were slow in providing certain documents to Cypriot police.
Louca confirmed earlier this month that Metsos had assumed the identity of a deceased five year old Canadian boy to obtain a passport.