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Arrests in alleged waste racket (Update 2)

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Paphos police on Friday issued arrest warrants for six suspects, including the town’s former mayor, in connection with irregularities at the Marathounda waste disposal unit.

Reports said four suspects have already been arrested. The offences were allegedly committed between 2008 and 2015.

A Paphos councillor has confirmed that the warrants also include former mayor Savvas Vergas, currently doing a six-year stint in jail for his role in the town’s sewerage scandal, and the municipality’s financial controller — under suspension for a separate case.

Authorities had received a complaint that the suspects were reporting higher waste volumes resulting in higher charges for local authorities and consumers.

Police arrested the financial controller, 56, a waste management company official, 52, and two female employees, aged 50 and 40.

Authorities were seeking a sixth suspect who was also related to the company.

Police said the investigation related to conspiracy to commit felony, bribery, theft, corruption, forgery, and money laundering.

The suspects are expected to be taken to court on Saturday.




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