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Fanieros seeking new life as MP

Antonis Fanieros wants to stand in the parliamentary elections

Previously convicted Larnaca businessman Antonis Fanieros is seeking a court order restoring his rights so that he can run in May’s parliamentary election, it emerged on Wednesday.

According to daily Politis, the court will announce its decision on March 9.

In a statement accompanying the motion, Fanieros said he wanted to represent the people without party expediencies.
“We need an independent voice that will be guided by the best interests of ordinary people,” Fanieros said.

Fanieros, 72, has two convictions – one understood to be in relation to gambling in 1986, when he was jailed for four years.

In 2001, Fanieros was sentenced to five years in jail for his part in a scam to cash £143,000 (€244,000) worth of someone else’s shares.

His accomplices, Vryssoules businessman Christos Hartoumbalos, 32, and lorry driver Petros Georgiou, 31, also from Vryssoules, were sentenced to five and three years in jail respectively.

At the time, Fanieros, who famously survived a drive-by machine gun attack in May 1997, attracted a large crowd of cheering friends and relatives to the court.

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