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TEPAK rector formally charged

TEPAK rector Elpida Keravnou

The rector of the Limassol-based Technological University (TEPAK) pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges relating to  alleged interference in promotion procedures.

Elpida Keravnou was charged with abuse of authority, influencing an authority, fraud and breach of trust, drafting a document without authorisation, and circulating the document.

The trial is scheduled to start on November 4.

Keravnou was released after posting a €50,000 bail.

The charges are based on testimony claiming she had intervened in the work of an evaluation committee handling promotions between September and October 2014.

She is suspected of falsifying the minutes of the committee meeting by dictating new minutes to the committee secretary, effectively changing the order of promotions.

The committee chairman signed off on the new minutes after being assured by the rector that the other members would also agree.

The rector claims she altered the minutes to correct mistakes in the procedure, arguing that an erroneous procedure would raise problems in the future.

The rest of the committee members refused to sign, requesting the document be disregarded.

The new minutes were destroyed, but a copy was allegedly emailed to the university senate which on October 8, 2014 promoted lecturers based on the altered document.

 

 

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