Cyprus’ justice minister has ruled out a political motive for the bodysnatching of the island nation’s former president, saying that a ransom demand had been made.

Minister Loucas Louca, said on Tuesday that Tassos Papadopoulos’ family had received a demand for ransom for the return of the body, which was stolen from its grave on Nicosia’s southern outskirts in December. He did not say when the demand was made, but said no ransom was paid.

A body discovered at a Nicosia cemetery late Monday night has been confirmed by DNA testing to be that of Papadopoulos.

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