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High-level meeting on waste scandals (Update 1)

Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis (smoking) is among those found guilty

Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos has asked Larnaca mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis – implicated in a waste management scandal – to abstain from his duties until the matter is cleared up.

In his capacity as mayor, Louroudjiatis also chairs the board responsible for the management of
the Koshi landfill and the waste management plantin Marathounta, Paphos are currently being investigated by police.

In total, 12arrest warrants have been issued so far, in a case involving suspected bribery, corruption and conspiracy to defraud. Louroudjiatis was among eight people who were
remanded in custody over the weekend.

In his letter to Louroudjiatis, Hasikos urged the Larnaca mayor to temporarily recuse himself from his duties given the possible conflict of interest.

Hasikos cited the need to safeguard the public interest, stressing that his call on Louroudjiatis to abstain from his duties does not violate the mayor’s right to his presumption of innocence.

The mayor’s response was not immediately clear.

In addition, Hasikos has suspended an interior ministry employee (hired on an open-ended contract) and has begun procedures for thesuspension of two full-time ministry employees who have been implicated in the
case.

A meeting is being held at noon at theoffice of the attorney-general to discuss the scandals involving Greek company
Helector – operating the waste management facilities Koshi and Marathounta – and
a number of officials accused of being on the take.

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