Cyprus Mail

Land zoning suspect reports municipal worker

By Evie Andreou

One of the four suspects in the case connected with threatening text messages sent to witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving a prominent developer, Maria Solomonidou on Tuesday reported the Paphos municipality’s secretary Themis Philippides for obtaining copies of her personal notes without a search warrant.

Solomonidou, who is also employed at the municipality, said that the disciplinary investigation carried out against her by the municipality is illegal and it overlaps with the one presently carried out by the police.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Solomonidou reported Philippides because he ordered the investigation and accessed her personal items without her permission and that she found out about it when she was shown the copies of her personal notes by an investigating officer appointed by the municipality.

Solomonidou faces charges relating to conspiracy to commit felony, issuing death threats, and interference in judicial proceedings along Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, her husband Constantinos Sifantos and her father Elias Solomonides.

She was also arrested and questioned over a case of tax-exemption concerning Greek singer’s Sakis Rouvas’ concert in Paphos last August organised by her husband’ s event planning company.

The exemption was granted, allegedly at the request of Vergas, providing that the concert’s proceedings would go to the municipality’s food bank, which never happened.

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