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EDEK MP Sarikas to face charges: report

Fidias Sarikas

EDEK MP Fidias Sarikas will face criminal charges in connection with the Paphos Sewerage Board (SAPA) scandal, it was reported on Wednesday.

According to daily newspaper Simerini, state prosecutors were preparing the charge sheet against the MP, whose parliamentary immunity was recently lifted by the Supreme Court.

Sarikas has denied any wrongdoing.

The high-profile scandal has so far seen the downfall of former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas and the head of SAPA Eftyhios Malekkides. Former and sitting municipal councillors are awaiting trial for the same case.

Vergas and Malekkides, have been jailed for six years after they pleaded guilty to bribery and money laundering, offences committed during the construction of the town’s sewerage system.

The offences took place between 1999 and 2014.

Sarikas, who was the town’s mayor between 1997 and 2006, has been implicated in the case by Malekkides and Greek professor George Bafas.

He will likely join four other defendants: former DISY municipal councillor Giorgos Michaelides, former DIKO councillor Efstathios Efstathiou, former AKEL councillor Vasos Vasiliou and current AKEL municipal councillor Giorgos Shiailis.

The four face a total of 42 charges.

Vergas and Malekkides are expected to be used as prosecution witnesses.

On March 3, the court will decide whether Shiailis should be included on the same charge sheet as the other defendants.

Michaelides, Efstathiou, and Vasiliou are scheduled to appear in court on April 20.

 

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