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Paphos mayor charges MPs sitting on bill to blacklist bribers

A bill which could blacklist companies guilty of misconduct and bribes has been sitting in a parliamentary committee accumulating dust and has not moved forward, Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos said on Tuesday.

Speaking on state radio, he said there is a “strange delay in voting for a new bill which concerns public contracts and a central system of blacklisting companies with misconduct and bribery.”

Phedonos was commenting on the Paphos sewerage board (SAPA) court case, which he says is likely to end in April.

Responding to his comments, Parliament issued an announcement saying “no such bill has been submitted to parliament and consequently, it is not before any House committee.”

Phedonos however maintained the bill was submitted to Parliament.

The mayor also charged that already €8m to €10m of kickbacks have been revealed with contractors not blackmailing but instigating all the corruption rings.

He added that in the ongoing investigation of the waste management sites, police had already received statements admitting €1.5m was paid out by Helector – the company managing the waste disposal site – as bribes.

This could not have been done without the knowledge of the chief, Phedonas said naming Bobolas, a shareholder in Helector’s parent company Helector SA.

“Why hasn’t he been questioned yet?” the mayor asked.
Pleased though he is with arrests, the big sharks were still left to roam free, he added.

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