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Vergas given first aid after punched by fellow inmate

Former mayor Savvas Vergas

Former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, sentenced to jail for six years on corruption charges, was treated in hospital on Friday after he was punched in the face by another inmate.

Vergas, held in special facility outside the Central Prison, reportedly got into an argument with the inmate in the morning.

He underwent a check up at Nicosia general hospital and was taken back to the facility.

In February, the Paphos Criminal Court jailed Vergas and former sewerage board head, Eftychios Malekides, for six years for receiving bribes and money laundering, offences committed during the construction of the town’s sewerage system between 1999 and 2014.

Vergas admitted to receiving €520,000 in bribes and Malekides pleaded guilty to receiving €498,000. Both have returned immovable property and cash in a bid for leniency.

The pair had been receiving kickbacks from construction companies in return for contracts.


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