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‘Don’t use service to EOKA as mitigation for your crimes’

Former central bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou

By Constantinos Psillides

EOKA fighters have turned their backs on former Central Bank Governor Christodoulos Christodoulou, after he argued before court that he should receive leniency for a tax evasion, because – among other things – he was a member of EOKA.

“Each one of us is responsible for his actions and should answer for them before court. If he is found guilty he should be punished and if he is aware of the consequences his actions brought, then he should publicly apologise,” said a statement from the EOKA Fighters Association.

While not explicitly naming Christodoulou, the statement was issued two weeks after the former CBC boss pleaded guilty to six charges of tax offences. Defending him, Christodoulou’s lawyers cited his EOKA stint as legitimate grounds for leniency.

“EOKA does not give an alibi to anyone. It is with a heavy heart that we see that some of our members, when faced with the consequences of their own actions, tend to invoke the EOKA struggle and ask for leniency,” the statement added.

The EOKA statement concludes that genuine fighters should be more careful when referring to the struggle and that no one has the right to use his contribution as a shield to defend “condemnable actions.”

Christodoulou pleaded guilty to six charges of tax offences after the state went after him over the transfer of €1m to the company managed by his daughter in 2007, just a few months after his term as governor expired.

His sentencing has been set for October 27.

 

 

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