Cyprus Mail

Sapa hearing postponed until end of the month

Paphos court

Following a brief cross-examination of disgraced Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas on Wednesday, the court set the next hearing concerning the Paphos Sewerage Board (SAPA) corruption case for July 27.

Defence lawyers of four of the accused, Phidias Sarikas, Efstathios Efstathiou, Vassos Vassiliou and George Shiaili are due to submit suggestion to the court that the prima facie case against their clients had not been proved.

The four, as well as defendant Giorgos Michaelides, are facing charges of bribery, corruption, conspiracy and money laundering.

The case relates to the dealings of SAPA, which was headed and run by the local authorities. According to investigators’ findings, kickbacks were paid out by private contractors to SAPA members in order to secure construction and operation waste-management contracts.

All five were released on bail. Vergas is serving six years at the Nicosia Central prisons.

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