Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides should investigate the matter of any involvement by President Nicos Anastasiades in the planned development of a luxury accommodation complex in Pera Pedi so that all suspicions can be addressed, the president said on Thursday.
In a statement, the presidency said it sent a letter on Thursday to the auditor-general in which it requested a probe into the development, which he should then make public, “in order to once more demonstrate that mud-slinging by some is under no circumstances supported by the facts”.
The issue came up in a front-page story by local daily Haravgi last Sunday, in which the paper claimed that a plot, partially owned by Anastasiades, was part of the land on which the development is being planned and suggesting that the president was somehow involved in the project.
Subsequent denials and a statement explaining that neither Anastasiades nor any of his family members was involved also said that the rest of the plot had been sold to the developers, but not the president’s piece.
“Despite the October 29 statement and the president’s remarks on October 30, some continue to project lies in the belief that such old-fashioned tactics can harm the president,” the statement said.
“In a letter to the Auditor General, the president requested a probe, and its publication, in order to once more demonstrate that mud-slinging by some is under no circumstances supported by the facts.”
In the letter, Anastasiades said that “because some opposition parties and/or campaigns of presidential candidates project the claim that either I or members of my family have a stake or financial interest in the proposed development by Parnitha Development Ltd in the ‘Fterikoudia’ area of Pera Pedi, Limassol, and/or that I stand to gain and am therefore involved in attempting to obtain the favourable treatment of this development by the competent authorities, I would like to request that you conduct the soonest a detailed investigation in order to establish whether I was in any way involved in promoting this development.
“In the same framework, [I request that you] expand your probe to include any interest or relationships by members of my family with either Parnitha Development Ltd or the proposed development,” the statement said.
“It is my warm request that you make the findings of your investigation public as soon as possible.”
In a statement a short while later, Michaelides said his office will conduct the requested probe and make the findings public, as requested.