By George Psyllides
PAPHOS PROPERTY developer Theodoros Aristodemou, his wife, and two other men, were on Monday referred for trial by the Criminal Court in connection with fraud relating to the demarcation of 177 plots of land.
After a lengthy hearing that finished at around 8pm, the court reserved its decision until Tuesday on whether the suspects will be released pending trial.
During the hearing, police told the court they had managed to link the mobile phone card used to send threatening text messages to key witnesses to relatives of one of the suspects.
Theodoros and Roulla Aristodemou, former municipal engineer Savvas Savva, and Aristo Developers designer Christos Solomonides were arrested in connection with 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 euro, previously designated as green space, back to Aristo Developers.
Soula Kouspou, who works for the Paphos municipality’s technical department did not appear before court on Monday. It is understood that she will be used as a prosecution witness.
During her arrival, Roulla Aristodemou, who headed the company’s technical department, shouted that they were scapegoats.
During the hearing, police said they had tracked down the person suspected of sending threatening text messages to a municipal councillor, an employee of the local authority, and a journalist.
The court heard that the perpetrator had used a prepaid card and the source of those messages could not be found. But, another number was also used, registered to a relative of Solomonides.
The relative and his wife were arrested, reports said.
Solomonides is suspected of drafting a fake site map that was found in the file.