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Former CBC governor facing charges

FORMER Central Bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou is reportedly facing 10 charges in connection with a huge money transfer into his daughter’s business account less than two months after he left office.

Christodoulou has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding the transfer of €1 million from a Greek ship owner’s account to that of a company headed by his daughter.

Daily Politis reported on Saturday that a charge sheet against Christodoulou, his daughter Athina, and her ex husband Andreas Kizourides has been submitted to the Nicosia district court.

The three face 10 counts including conspiracy to commit felony, forgery and filing a false statement to the inland revenue department.

The charges are linked with a document submitted to a Marfin-Laiki Bank branch in Athens, which stated that Kizourides had sold the daughter’s company two plots of land in Strovolos for €1.1 million, Politis said.

The letter was allegedly written to enable the transfer of the €1 million, which was deposited in the company’s account in Greece, to an account belonging to Kizourides in Cyprus.

The land transaction had never taken place, Politis said.

The former CBC boss has previously claimed that the money was a down payment for consultancy services that would have been provided over ten years.

He also submitted a copy of an agreement between his daughter’s company and Focus, a company belonging to Michalis Zolotas.

Zolotas is said to be a close associate of former Laiki strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos whom many hold responsible for the collapse of the island’s banking system.

The transfer in question was allegedly made to the company’s Athens-based bank account in July 2007.

Around two years later, the €1m plus interest was then allegedly transferred to an account in Laiki Bank.


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