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Aristodemou transferred to Nicosia clinic (Updated)

Theodoros Aristodimou

By Constantinos Psillides

LAND developer Theodoros Aristodemou, arrested last week in connection with zoning violations, has been transferred to a private clinic in Nicosia with high blood pressure, police said.

He had been scheduled to be questioned by investigators when he fell ill.

Aristodemou, who has a history of heart problems, was transferred to a private facility in Nicosia for treatment.

He was first admitted to hospital on Friday and was released on Sunday.

A Paphos municipality officer who was also arrested for the same case is currently being treated at the Limassol hospital psychiatric ward. According to the police report, the woman suffered fro panic attacks and exhibited signs of depression.

The 36-year-old woman fell ill after a court remanded her in custody for eight days on Saturday, along with Aristodemou, his wife, and a former municipal engineer.

The arrests followed a police investigation into the demarcation of 177 land plots in Skali, Paphos in 2010.

It emerged that the plans for which the demarcation permits were issued were switched with new plans, which seemed to cede approximately 3,000 square metres, worth hundreds of thousands of euros, previously designated as green space, back to his company, Aristo Developers.

Police investigators have requested of the municipality to hand over all case files where either Aristo Developers or land developer Theodoros Aristodemou was involved.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, investigators are going through the files of 179 constructions Aristo Developers was directly involved in since 2000. The agency said that in once case involving a commercial development, documents appeared to be missing from the file.

Citing police sources, CNA claims the omission was reported by police investigators who were tasked with combing through every single deal the company made with the Paphos municipality. The report also claims that the project lacked a final approval certificate, a necessary requirement for any construction.

The CNA report said the municipality received a number of complaints regarding green spaces around the development being used outside of their designated purpose.

Other municipality officials are also set to be questioned within the next days, according to the police report.

Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas denied any wrongdoing, telling reporters that the company managing the development never violated green space regulations while adding that everything regarding the missing documents were merely “journalistic information.”

The Cyprus Mail contacted deputy police spokesperson Nikoletta Tirimou to confirm the reports. Tirimou didn’t offer any comment on the subject.

The Paphos mayor also told the press that he had sent a letter to the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, officially requesting information regarding the activities of Aristo Developers. The mayor said that he would notify the authorities once he receives an answer.

Vergas is also among those to be questioned on the case.

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