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Local council to sue over SAPA works  

Former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas

A local council has decided to sue the former mayor of Paphos and another official – both jailed for corruption — over the sorry state of their community’s roads as a result of the construction of the sewage system.

Savvas Vergas and Eftyhios Malekides, the head of Paphos’ sewerage board (SAPA) were recently jailed for six years on corruption charges relating to the construction of the system.

The pair admitted to taking bribes to award contracts and to agree to additional claims made by construction companies.

The Kissonerga council blamed the sorry state of its roads on Vergas and Malekides, who turned the blind eye to the contractors’ substandard workmanship.

Giorgos Stylianou, the head of the council, said they planned to prove this in court.

“We consider them to be personally responsible because of the positions they held (Vergas was chairman),” Stylianou said.

He said the council would use the compensation to repair the damage to the roads.

Stylianou said they planned on seeking legal advice and then sue.

 

 

 

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