President fires police chief over serial killer murders

President Nicos Anastasiades dismissed his chief of police on Friday, citing possible mishandling by police investigators of a probe into several killings by a self-confessed serial murderer, an official statement said.

The dismissal of Zacharias Chrysostomou, effective from May 7, was announced one day after Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou submitted his resignation to the president. The minister said he did this out of political sensitivity, though he had no connection with the investigations into the case.

There are calls from political parties and social media for the resignation of the two after it was revealed that some of the victims of the serial killer had been reported as missing people, but the police failed to take effective measures to trace them.