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Sarikas asks for his immunity to be lifted

Fidias Sarikas

By Constantinos Psillides

EDEK MP Fidias Sarikas has officially requested his parliamentary immunity be lifted so he can be a part of the investigation into the Paphos Sewage Board scandal, following claims that he was the one behind it.

Sarikas sent an official request to the Attorney-general on Monday, asking him to submit a request with the Supreme Court to lift his immunity as soon as possible.

“This will give me the chance to give a statement to investigators so I can defend myself against allegations made by Sewage Board manager Eftychios Malekkides, as they were presented by the media over the weekend,” wrote Sarikas in his letter.

The former mayor was implicated by Malekkides, who broke his silence on Friday and gave a lengthy statement to investigators.

Malekkides claimed he was approached by Sarikas and a now deceased former municipal councillor in 2000 and asked to award a tender for Phase 1 of the town’s sewage project to a contractor that had promised them money.

Malekkides claimed in his statement that the two promised to include him in the deal and that he took the bribe because of his financial woes. He added that he tried to put a stop to the operation but was blackmailed by both Sarikas and his successor, former mayor Savvas Vergas.

Vergas, Mallekides, DISY former councillor Giorgos Michaelides, DIKO former councillor Eftasthios Efstathiou, AKEL former councillor Vassos Vassiliou were remanded for eight days in custody on Sunday.

On Monday police also arrested AKEL municipal councillor Giorgos Siailis after securing a statement by Greek businessman Christos Drakopoulos, one of the contractors that had allegedly bribed their way into securing a contract for the Sewerage Board.

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