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Aristo suspects released pending trial

Aristo boss Theodoros Aristodemou

Four suspects in an alleged attempt by land development company Aristo Developers to defraud the state were released under terms on Tuesday, pending trial before a Criminal Court on October 30.

The suspects, Aristo founder and CEO Theodoros Aristodemou, wife and head of architectural design department Sotiroulla Aristodemou, Aristo employee Christos Solomonides, and former Paphos municipality civil engineer Savvas Savva, were being detained on remand since September 20 over allegedly forged blueprints for a land-development project in Skali, Paphos, submitted to the municipal council for approval.

The doctored plans reduced green spaces and the road network, thus allowing Aristo a larger development area.

A fifth suspect remanded by police in connection with the case, Paphos municipality technician Savvoula Kouspou, was released and will not be charged.

Kouspou, who insisted that she had acted solely on instructions from Solomonides, will be a witness in court.

On Monday, the prosecution asked the court to extend the suspects’ remand until the trial begins – October 30 – so that they may not influence witnesses, causing the Aristodemous to erupt in protest.

The court has adjourned briefly before reconvening to set the terms of the suspects’ release.

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