By George Psyllides
THREE MEN implicated in a suspicious land deal involving the state telecoms company pension fund were yesterday referred to trial before a criminal court that will convene at the end of the month.
Land Registry employee Gregoris Souroullas, his brother Yiannis, who works for CyTA, and his colleague and SEK trade union representative Orestis Vasiliou were arrested around a month ago in connection with the purchase of land in Dromolaxia, Larnaca, at a price reportedly several times the going market value.
The three will appear before the Larnaca Criminal Court on November 29 where they are expected to be formally charged.
The three defendants were among numerous people, including CyTA chairman Stathis Kittis, arrested in connection with the so-called Dromolaxia scandal.
Two members of the former ruling party AKEL – Venizelos Zanettos and Christos Alecou – were also arrested at the time, along with businessman Antonis Ioakim.
The scandal forced Kittis to resign but no charges have yet been brought against him or the other three.
Prosecutors have already charged businessman Nicos Lillis and two police officers, Costas Miamiliotis and Lefteris Mouskou, in connection with the case.
The officers allegedly produced a false report saying the Turkish Cypriot seller of the land had lived in the government-controlled areas for six months – a necessary condition — prior to selling the land.
The land deal in question, worth some €20m, involved the purchase by the pension fund of land to build office space near the airport at a price reportedly several times the going market value.
Allegations have surfaced that millions were paid in kickbacks to make the deal possible.