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Nicosia sewerage contracts may also be referred to legal services

Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides (CNA)

Initial findings of a probe into the affairs of the Nicosia sewerage board showed similar cases with that of Paphos where millions in kickbacks were allegedly paid to public officials, it emerged on Wednesday.

At first glance it appears certain contracts may have to be referred to the legal services, Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides told the Cyprus News Agency during a visit to their offices.

He added that they concerned similar matters with those in Paphos.

Separately, Michaelides said, his office was also looking into changes in building zones and the sale of Turkish Cypriot properties.

“We find certain elements which are problematic, without this meaning that it will be proven eventually. But there is a need for further examination,” he said.

“What we must do is to dismantle the state of impunity, which has started to crumble, and we must make acts of corruption the exception of exceptions,” he said.

Michaelides said there was a lot of room for improvement in the wider public sector where corruption phenomena were frequent.

“Naturally, we also have room for improvement in the central government,” he said.

 

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