Detainees and Prisoners (Escapes)

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th June 1958.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 10th June 1958

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the last escapes occurred from Camp K, the Central Prison and other places of detention in Cyprus; who were the detainees who escaped; and which of them had escaped previously from detention, and on how many occasions.

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

As the answer is long and detailed, I will, with permission, circulate it with the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Last escapes of detainees from places of detention are as follows:

Kyrenia Castle, on 23rd September, 1955, the following escaped:


  • M. Kyriacou Firillas.
  • Marco Kyriacos Drakos.
  • Harilaou Xenophontos.
  • Evangelos Evangelakis.
  • Lambro N. Kafkallides.
  • Lefkios C. Rodosthenous.
  • Pavlos Nikita.

Kokkinotrimithia Detention Camp. On 26th October 1956, the following escaped:

  • Andreas Georghios Sophocleous.
  • Soteris Y. Yiannakos.
  • Andreas I. Ioannides.
  • Antis G. Soteriades.

Pyla Detention Camp. Between 13th and 16th March, 1958, the following escaped:

  • Christakis Michael Tryfonides.
  • Andreas K. Karios, alias Kaloyiros.
  • Photios Stavros Pittas.
  • Frixos Demetriades.

Of the above, Evangelakis and Firillas have been recaptured, and Drakos was shot dead in a gun battle with the Security Forces on 19th January. 1957.

From the Central Prison a convicted terrorist, Polycarpos Georgadhis, previously a detainee, sentenced on 24th April, 1957, 10 life imprisonment for possessing firearms and ammunition, escaped on 1st May, 1958. He bad previously escaped from Kyrenia Castle on 19th January, 1956, was recaptured on 2nd June, 1956; he escaped again from the Nicosia General Hospital whilst undergoing treatment ex-'K' Camp on 31st August, 1956, and was recaptured on 21st January, 1957.