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TEPAK rector trial adjourned

TEPAK rector Elpida Keravnou

The trial of the rector of the Limassol-based Technological University (TEPAK) Elpida Keravnou who was charged in relation with alleged interference in promotion procedures, was adjourned until February 24.

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

She pleaded not guilty to all charges, which are based on testimony claiming she had intervened in the work of an evaluation committee handling promotions between September and October 2014.

The rector was arrested in March and was released after posting a €50,000 bail.

Keravnou 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.

Keravnou 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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