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Donations help free father of five from debtor lock-up

A guarantor jailed for his sister’s outstanding debt has been released after anonymous donations helped raise the €3,000 needed for his release.

The 33-year-old father of four was arrested on Thursday while his wife was heavily pregnant for his sister’s outstanding €9,500 loan, which she could not pay. After his release from the Nicosia central prisons on Monday, the man was reunited with his family and the new addition has his wife delivered their fifth child at Famagusta hospital on Sunday while he was behind bars.

He had visited the child a day earlier, according to reports, following orders from the acting prison director Anna Aristotelous. Two members of staff took the father to the hospital outside of their working hours, to visit his wife and newborn.

Head of the Sotira community George Pyliotis said on Tuesday that residents of the village had raised €1,500 while a further two donations of €1,000 and €500 respectively were given anonymously.

Another €1,000 donation was given by a Paralimni resident to cover the basic needs of the family.

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou also responded to reports sending social workers to visit the man’s wife at the hospital to discuss ways in which the family could be helped.

“Unfortunately the situation isn’t over yet. He’s out for the time being but at some point we’ll need to figure out how the rest of the money will be paid. And he’s not the only one in this situation, there’s lots of people in the country that have the same problem,” Pyliotis said.

Meanwhile, daily Phileleftheros reported that earlier this week another three unemployed people were imprisoned for outstanding bank debts. An anonymous donor gave €900 to release three individuals, paying them €50 each for their taxi fare.

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