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Supreme Court rejects AG’s appeal on remands (Update)

By Constantinos Psillides

The Supreme Court today rejected the Attorney-General’s appeal against the decision of Pafos district court not to issue a remand order against three men in connection with the Paphos Sewge Board case.

AKEL’s municipal councillor Giorgos Sailis and construction companies’ MEDCON and NEMESIS CEOs Andreas Chimarides and Kyriakos Chrysochos for eight days in custody.

The Supreme Court ruled that the appeal was “without merit”, as the police could not now seek the remand of the the three men – a Paphos municipal councillor and two construction company executives – on evidence presented 10 days earlier.

The police had applied for eight-day remand orders against Akel councillor Giorgos Siailis, MEDCON’s Andreas Chimarides and Nemesis’ Kyriacos Chrysochos 10 days ago, but the court turned down the request.

The Pafos district court had not strictly adhered to the letter of the law when deciding to reject the remand requests, the Supreme Court said. This opened the way for the police to return to the district court and ask for remand orders based on new evidence.

The three were implicated in the case in a statement given to police by former mayor Savvas Vergas, who alleged that the CEOs had paid large sums of money in kickbacks to ensure that their respective companies could keep contracts they had with the municipality.

Both the CEOs are fully cooperating with authorities, admitting that they had paid off officials and claiming that they had no other option as they were allegedly blackmailed by Vergas, Sewage Board manager Eftychios Malikkides and other Paphos municipal councillors.

Vergas claimed that he had nothing to do with the case, adding that all parties received kickbacks. Investigators are currently going through the suspects’ bank accounts to uncover money trails.

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