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SAPA corruption trial adjourned

Former EDEK MP and Paphos mayor Fidias Sarikas

The corruption trial relating to the Paphos sewerage board (SAPA) scandal was adjourned for April 25 on Wednesday after a witness failed to show up because he had not been summoned due to illness.
The court described the development as unacceptable and asked prosecutors to look into the matter. The nature of the witness’ illness was not clarified.
The defendants in the trial are former mayor – and sitting MP with socialists EDEK – Fidias Sarikas, former Paphos municipal councillors Giorgos Michaelides, Efstathios Efstathiou, and Vasos Vasiliou, and sitting councillor Giorgos Shailis. They face charges of receiving bribes from private contractors who won SAPA contracts.
Former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, and former SAPA director Eftyhios Malekkides have already pleaded guilty in the same case and are currently doing a six year stretch in jail.
The witness, police officer Theoharis Palaontas, was the man who saw Shailis visit Vergas, presenting himself as the former mayor’s lawyer, during the first days of his arrest at the end of 2014.

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