Two former diplomats, an ambassador and a consul, who served in Cyprus’ embassy in Cairo were arrested on Thursday to facilitate investigations into alleged irregular procedures followed in the sale of a vehicle belonging to the representation in Egypt.
At the centre of the investigation is a Mercedes car bought in 2002 for €34,000 and sold 11 years later for just €2,430 after a committee was set up by the foreign ministry to oversee the sale. The committee was made up of the two suspects and another official from the ministry.
The committee recommended the sale of the vehicle to the vice consul of the Greek embassy in Cairo who ultimately turned out to be a clerk.
The car was eventually brought into Cyprus on April 7 last year and registered on February 9, this year in the name of the former consul, who is currently an administrative officer in another government department and a member of the committee that recommended the sale.
The issue was identified following an investigation by the auditor-general, with the attorney-general sending the file with his findings on to the police. The nine offences being investigated against the two were carried out in Egypt and Cyprus between the start of 2013 to April last year.