Costas Papacostas

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Costas Papacostas
Κώστας Παπακώστας
19th Minister of Defence
In office
28 February 2008 – 14 July 2011
Preceded by Christodoulos Pasiardis
Succeeded by Demetris Eliades
Personal details
Born (1939-11-12)12 November 1939
Ayia Trias, Cyprus
Died 21 September 2015(2015-09-21) (aged 75)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Political party Progressive Party of Working People

Costas Papacostas (Greek: Κώστας Παπακώστας; 12 November 1939 – 21 September 2015) was the Cypriot Minister of Defence from 2008 to 2011. Following the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion he resigned as Minister of Defence[1] and was succeeded by Demetris Eliades, the Minister of Agriculture.[2] In July 2013 he was found guilty of manslaughter, with the court saying he “closed his eyes to the danger” regarding the storage of explosives, for which he received a sentence of 5 years imprisonment.[3]

Papacostas was born in Ayia Trias in British administered Cyprus (now part of the illegally occupied northern Cyprus). From 1955 to 1959 he took part in the EOKA armed resistance against the British. In 1966 he joined the Cyprus Army and was twice seconded to the Cypriot police. Papacostas retired from the Army in 1984 having risen to the rank of colonel. He was elected to the House of Representatives representing Famagusta District for Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) on 26 May 1996 and re-elected in 2001 and 2006.[4]


Papacostas died on September 21, 2015 at the age of 75.[5]


  1. ^ "Cyprus: Navy chief killed by base munitions blast". BBC News. BBC. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Demetris Eliades New Defence Minister". 14 July 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jail for four found guilty in Mari blast". CyprusMail. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Biographical Note Costas Papacostas". Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on 18 June 2011. 
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External links

  • Cypriot Ministry of Defence - Biographical Note Costas Papacostas
Political offices
Preceded by
Christodoulos Pasiardis
Minister of Defence
29 February 2008 - 14 July 2011
Succeeded by
Demetris Eliades

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