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Speeding MP case postponed for later in the week

File photo: Andreas Themistocleous

The hearing for DISY MP Andreas Themistocleous’ traffic violations was postponed on Monday until the end of the week by the Nicosia district court.

After the Supreme Court lifted his parliamentary immunity in February, Themistocleous is now being prosecuted at the district court for speeding on several occasions.

He faces a total of seven charges. The case will begin on Friday.

According to defence lawyer Chris Triantafyllides on Monday however, the Supreme Court had not lifted Themistocleous’ immunity in relation to the sixth charge he is facing relating to traffic violations, which means he cannot be prosecuted on the particular charge.

This was one of the most important charges Triantafyllides told the court. In fact, he said, the entire charge sheet was deficient, he added.

Requesting permission to allow prosecutors to amend the errors, he added that witness statements for charges three, four and seven had not been handed to the defence, and a file for charges one, two and five were also not handed to him, he added.

The state prosecutor responded saying all documents were given to Themistocleous’ defence team. However they could submit them again he said.

The request to lift Themistocleous’ immunity related to charges in connection with driving over the speed limit on April 4, 2015 at a speed of 172 km/h– 72km over the legal limit – 170km/h on February 12, 2015, 141km/h on October 14, 2014, and 91km/h in a 50km/h zone on July 10, 2014. He is also accused of violating a traffic signal – the white continuous line in the middle of the road.

Police reports also indicated that, on numerous occasions, the MP behaved inappropriately towards the police officers, invoking his parliamentary immunity when told he would be charged.

 

 

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