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Paphos mayor to be questioned by police

Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas

Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas is expected to be questioned by police on Friday in connection with threatening texts send to witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving a prominent developer.

Reports said the mayor will be questioned in the afternoon after he admitted purchasing a mobile phone used to send threatening text messages.

The phone was in the possession of Maria Solomonidou, a municipal worker currently in police custody in connection with sending threatening text messages to four people, including Vergas himself.

Solomonidou, the sister of Aristo Developers designer Christos Solomonides who is implicated in the case, was detained along with her husband and father.

Vergas confirmed purchasing the handset but denied there was anything dodgy. He said he bought the phone because Solomonidou’s job was to send texts to the public and handle the municipality’s social network sites.

Christos Solomonides was arrested along with Aristo boss Theodoros Aristodemou, his wife Roulla, and former municipal engineer Savvas Savva in connection with forgery and fraud in the demarcation of 177 plots of land on behalf of the company.

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 euro, previously designated as green space, back to Aristo Developers.

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