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Threatening text suspects remain in custody

Aristo's CEO Theodoros Aristodemou

The Paphos district court extended for an additional three days, the remand of a woman and her father held in connection with sending threatening text messages to witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving Aristo Developers.

Maria Solomonidou, 33, and her 64-year-old father were arrested in connection with sending threatening text messages to four people including a municipal councillor and a municipal employee, expected to testify in a land zoning case involving prominent developer Theodoros Aristodemou.

Messages were also sent to Politis reporter Costas Nanos. Mayor Savvas Vergas also claimed he had received a threatening message. It later transpired that the phone used to send messages had been bought by Vergas and given to Solomonidou.

Vergas, who admitted buying the phone in August, has denied any wrongdoing. He was however expected to be questioned by police on Friday afternoon.

Along with Solomonidou and her father, police had detained her husband, Constantinos Sifantos, 36, but he was expected to be released after nothing suspicious came up. They were arrested last Tuesday.

Solomonidou is the sister of Aristo Developers designer Christos Solomonides, arrested along with his boss, Theodoros Aristodemou, the latter’s 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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