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Arrested for buying medicine and not paying

A 53-year-old woman from Limassol was arrested after a pharmacist in Yeroskipou, Paphos, reported her for acquiring a drug for thalassaemia under false pretenses, police announced on Friday.

According to a police report, in 2014 the woman visited the pharmacy and asked for the drug, which costs over €450, saying she was working for the Paphos Thalassaemia Association, and that it would pick up the bill at a later date.

Months later, the pharmacist contacted the association and asked to be paid, only to find that the association denied having asked the woman to buy any drugs on its behalf.

Questioned by police after her arrest, the woman maintained that she worked with the Thalassaemia Association in her capacity as a medical representative.

The woman is the same person who had told police last October that EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos illegally imported and used Botox and Dysport, drugs used in aesthetic surgery.

Sizopoulos, a practicing dermatologist, had denied the allegations, though he admitted to using the drugs at his practice.

Responding to the claims of illegality, Sizopoulos had cast doubt over the woman’s moral and professional integrity, but did not go into details at the time.


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