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KYP officers to be sentenced next week for Dromolaxia involvement

Two secret service (KYP) officers accused of taking bribes with the Dromolaxia land scandal will be sentenced on January 14, the Larnaca district court said on Thursday.

Sergeants Costas Miamiliotis and Lefteris Mouskos will remain in custody until then.

The two police officers pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring to defraud the Republic of Cyprus, punishable by up to five years in prison, and abuse of power, punishable by a jail-term of up to two years.

They had been accused of taking bribes – €10,000 and €40,000, respectively – from businessman Nicos Lillis to prepare a false report that Turkish Cypriot Mustafa Mehmet Mustafa permanently resided in the areas under the Cyprus government’s control to enable a land transaction.

Selling properties located in the government-controlled areas owned by Turkish Cypriots is only allowed if the seller is a permanent resident – i.e., has lived in the government-controlled areas for at least six consecutive months.

The report enabled the Interior minister – in his capacity as guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties – to approve the sale of land in Dromolaxia, Larnaca, owned by Mustafa to Lillis, so that the developer could build the notorious ‘Aero Center’, an office complex later to be bought at inflated prices by the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority’s pension fund.

The conspiracy earned five individuals prison terms following the ensuing trial, not including Lillis, who was cleared of all charges when he agreed to testify against his co-conspirators.

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