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AKEL leader feels like he too is being watched

Andros Kyprianou

By Peter Stevenson

IN THE wake of a spate of surveillance-related reports this month, AKEL leader, Andros Kyprianou said yesterday he feels like he is also being watched.
Asked on Sigma TV yesterday about the recent revelations that the secret service (KYP) has been watching political figures, Kyprianou said that he feels like his phone has been tapped.
He has reported the matter to President Nicos Anastasiades although, as he admitted yesterday, he has no evidence to back it up.
“The government should have informed us on the subject of surveillance so that it would not get blown out of proportion,” he said, adding that allowing the media to speculate was causing the public to worry.
On Monday a 45-year-old police sergeant from KYP was suspended after surveillance files were found in his home in Larnaca with reports suggesting it could be connected to a multi-million land deal involving the telecoms authority CyTA.
According to reports, the files are related to the surveillance of high-ranking politicians. The chief of police has ordered a criminal and disciplinary investigation.
“I can confirm the 45-year-old sergeant from the secret service has been suspended and that a criminal and disciplinary investigation will take place,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.
He added that the files’ contents would be studied thoroughly although he could not comment on what led the police to search the 45-year-old’s home.
On Tuesday police said they were investigating a possible case of surveillance being carried out on former interior minister Eleni Mavrou after a number of documents to do with the National Council were found in the possession of two men.
The documents were found when a car was pulled over by traffic police in Nicosia on Saturday. The two men are aged 33 and 19.
According Angelides, the 19-year-old man from Georgia, who was driving the car, had a fake Greek ID. The 33-year-old man is an illegal immigrant from Georgia, who was in possession of a fake driving licence.
On searching the car, the police officers found some documents to do with the National Council in a black plastic bag, which Mavrou said she had put out for recycling.

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