By Constantinos Psillides
EDEK MP and former Paphos mayor Fidias Sarikas will face corruption charges in connection with the town’s sewerage scandal, the Cyprus Mail has learned.
“The investigation has finished and the state law office has decided on the charges. Sarikas will face the same charges as the people already in court,” a police source said.
Sarikas is expected to appear in court on April 20, alongside former DISY municipal councillor Giorgos Michaelides, former DIKO councillor Efstathios Efstathiou, former AKEL councillor Vasos Vassiliou, and current councillor Giorgos Shailis, also belonging to AKEL.
The defendants face charges including bribery, money laundering, and abuse of authority.
The high-profile scandal has so far seen the downfall of Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas and the head of the sewerage board, Eftychios Malekides.
Vergas and Malekides, were jailed for six years after they pleaded guilty to bribery and money laundering, offences committed during contrusction of the sewerage system, between 1999 and 2014.
Sarikas, who was the town’s mayor between 1997 and 2006, has been implicated by other suspects.
First elected to parliament in 2006, Sarikas also served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee. He withdrew after the authorities launched a formal investigation against him.
The former mayor allegedly received bribes to arrange for a German company to be awarded a contract to build a waste management plant.
The allegation was made by Malekides, who said in a statement that Sarikas and a now deceased municipal councillor pressured him into awarding the contract to the company.
Sarikas was also implicated by Greek professor Giorgos Bafas, who allegedly acted as a representative of the company.
Police neither denied nor confirmed those reports.