Cyprus Mail

Paphos mayor to appear in court today

By Constantinos Psillides
Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas is expected to appear before the Paphos District Court at 11am in connection with threatening text messages sent to witnesses in the land zoning case involving prominent developer Aristo.
Vergas spent the night at the Paphos Police station and according to police has refused to answer any questions.
The mayor faces charges of conspiring to commit a felony, conspiring to commit a misdemeanour, sending written death threats, interfering with a court procedure and sending harmful texts.
The mayor was questioned for almost seven hours last week in connection with threatening text messages sent to four people including himself and two witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving Aristo Developers.
Threatening messages were also sent to a journalist covering the case.
Police had detained his close associate, 33-year-old Maria Solomonidou, and her father, 64, in connection with the messages.
It later transpired that Vergas had bought the mobile phone used to send the messages, a fact he did not deny.
The mayor claimed he bought the phone for Solomonidou who was responsible, among other things, for handling the municipality’s social media accounts. A quick check of the municipality’s social media outlets showed that only one post was made after the phone was bought – on Facebook – while the Twitter account was inactive since last November.
During questioning last week, Vergas told police he was at the town hall when he received the threatening message and that he could not remember when he had talked to Solomonidou.
But reports said that authorities determined that Solomonidou and Vergas were at the same location when the messages were sent.

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