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Fresh arrest in Paphos sewerage scandal (updated)

Paphos town hall

Paphos police on Saturday arrested a former AKEL municipal councillor, 60, and questioned two contractors on suspicion of corruption in connection with the construction of the coastal town’s sewerage system.

Police arrested Vasos Vasiliou and questioned Iacovos Iacovou, 46, of Iacovou Bros. construction company, and Tony Toumazis, 62, of Atlas Pantou.

The two contractors were released after being questioned by the CID.

They were named by sewerage board director Eftihios Malekkides, currently in custody with former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas – who resigned after the scandal broke out – and former municipal councillors Efstathios Efstathiou, DIKO, and DISY’s Giorgos Michaelides.

Vasiliou and the other four were expected to be brought before a court on Sunday.

Police were also planning to issue a European arrest warrant for Greek national Christos Drakopoulos, whose company had undertaken the construction of a waste treatment plant as part of the town’s sewerage system.

It is believed that the suspects had conspired to charge extra – and unnecessary – work, sharing the spoils between them.

The sewerage project that Vergas, as chairman of the board, and Malekkides were handling, should have cost €78 million, but taxpayers have so far paid €109 million, with contractors claiming around €25 million more.

 

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