By Angelos Anastasiou
ON THE heels of President Nicos Anastasiades’ declaration on Tuesday that arrests of those responsible for the Cyprus economic crisis will be made by year’s end, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said yesterday that the investigation into some cases is near completion and will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for review.
According to Angelides, these cases are being investigated under the guidance and oversight of the state’s Legal Services.
“These cases are extremely complex,” he said. “A lot of work has been put into them, but what matters greatly to the police is the end result, which is why some cases will soon be brought before the Legal Services.”
He said there is continuous contact and cooperation with the Attorney General’s office, and that the team of investigators is working intensively on carrying out its work.
Speaking on state radio yesterday morning, Attorney General Costas Clerides corroborated Anastasiades’ end-of-year deadline, despite some delay by the banks in procuring evidence requested by investigators.
“Banks have been notified that failure on their part to provide evidence timely will trigger the provisions of the law governing refusal to cooperate with police authorities and withholding evidence,” he said.
Asked to comment on the sort of cases under imminent completion, the AG said that cases relating to financial statements published by banks and bonds submitted in the Stock Exchange will be prioritised, on the basis of a report by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.
“That is because for these cases there already exists material to build on, and proceed to investigations more effectively,” he said.
Clerides confirmed that a team of investigators will travel to Athens today to facilitate coordination with the Greek authorities on cases under parallel investigation in both countries.
“We have asked for assistance from the Greek authorities on various issues under investigation by our own authorities and are expecting a response,” he said. “Personal contact should be of great importance.”
However, he was confident that investigations in Cyprus will not be hindered, or otherwise affected, by investigations carried out in Greece.