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Vergas’ brother charged and released (Update 2)

Disgraced former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas returns to court

Former Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas’ brother Charalambos was arrested just after midnight in connection with threatening a Politis journalist.

Charalambos Vergas was arrested at 12.40am despite denying the accusations claiming the journalist verbally attacked him.

He was charged and released at around 10am on Saturday.

According to the reporter’s complaint, Charalambos Vergas issued threats and hurled expletives at him and his family following a chance encounter in a coffee-shop on Friday morning.

Nanos and two others had received threatening text messages on their mobile phones while a suspicious land-zoning case involving land-development powerhouse Aristo Developers was unfolding in Paphos.

Nanos had reported extensively on the case, and the other two had been key witnesses for the prosecution.

It later turned out that the texts had been sent by then-mayor Vergas’ assistant Maria Solomonidou, from a phone he had given her as a gift. Solomonidou had also sent Vergas a threatening text, ostensibly to muddy the waters and clear him of suspicion.

According to the complaint, Charalambos Vergas told Nanos “I will never forget – you will pay dearly”.

His brother, the former mayor is currently in jail after he was found guilty of bribery and corruption charges relating to the town’s sewerage construction project.

 

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