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SAPA trial set to resume on Thursday

Fidias Sarikas (right) wi

The Paphos Sewerage Board (SAPA) case is set to resume on Thursday at the Paphos Criminal Court to examine pre-trial objections raised by former Paphos mayor EDEK MP Fidias Sarikas and AKEL councillor Giorgos Shailis.

Their lawyers objection centres on the premise that the defendants should not be on the same charge sheet as the other defendants – former DISY Paphos councilman Yiorgos Michaelides, DIKO’s former councilman Efstathios Efstathiou and former AKEL councillor Vasos Vassiliou that face –and deny – charges including bribery, money laundering, and abuse of authority.

The accused have been released under terms, including a €100,000 bail – except for Shailis, whose bail was set at €50,000 – and handing in their travel documents, and having their names added to the stop list.

The high-profile scandal has so far seen the downfall of Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas and the head of the sewerage board, Eftychios Malekides that were jailed for six years.
Sarikas allegedly received bribes to arrange for a German company to be awarded a contract to build a waste management plant and has been named by one witness to have received €55,000.

According to the charge sheet, Michaelides appears to have received €327,000 in kickbacks from private contractors associated with the Paphos sewerage system while Efstathiou has been accused of having been bribed with €110,000. Vasiliou was said to have received €60,000 while Shailis has been accused of being paid €27,500.

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