By Angelos Anastasiou
Three people arrested in connection with threatening text messages sent to Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, municipal councilman Fedonas Fedonos, Paphos municipality head of technical services Androulla Efthymiou, and journalist Kostas Nanos, were remanded for three days by the Paphos District Court on Tuesday.
The three are close relatives of 38-year-old architectural designer Christos Solomonides, an employee of Aristo Developers, also under remand along with four others in connection with the ongoing case of an alleged attempt by the company to defraud the state.
According to lead investigator Savvas Savva, on September 28 Efthymiou reported having received threatening texts on her mobile phone.
The threats included explicit references to the Aristo case, for which founder and CEO Theodoros Aristodemou, his wife and head of the architectural design department Sotiroulla Aristodemou, Paphos municipality civil engineer Savvas Savva and municipality technician Savvoula Kouspou, have been remanded in addition to Solomonides, and contained direct threats against Efthymiou and members of her family.
Later on September 28, similar texts were received by Vergas, Fedonos and Nanos.
Police investigations revealed that the texts were sent from a prepaid mobile telephony card for which no user information was held, but also that the card was used from a mobile phone belonging to Solomonides’ sister, resulting in her and her husband’s arrest on Monday night.
During questioning, she and her husband – a Greek national – named Solomonides’ father as the person who sent the messages, which he later confessed to.
A search in the three suspects’ residence in Yeroskipou, as well as the couple’s car, produced no suspicious findings.
According to Savva, police the investigation is still at an early stage. Thus far, he added, 12 witness statements have been concluded, with 20 more scheduled by the suspects’ family and professional environment, neighbours, the plaintiffs and the suspects themselves.
The court granted the police’s request for a three-day remand of the suspects, noting that their release may result in interference with the ongoing investigation, influencing witnesses or destruction of evidence.
However, it ordered that, should investigation be concluded within three days, the suspects were to be released.