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Efi Herodotou’s parents found guilty of influencing a witness (updated)

Victim Emilios Ioannou

The parents of Efi Herodotou, who was found guilty last month of killing 17-year-old Emilios Ioannou when she ran a red light in December 2007, were found guilty on Friday of inciting a witness to perjury, forgery and circulating documents and of the use of counterfeit evidence.

The mitigation hearing was scheduled for July 28.

Herodotou, 30, and her parents had been wanted by police since 2011 over the accident and had apparently been living in Greece since 2009. She was acquitted in the first trial in 2009, but state prosecutors preparing for an appeal discovered that evidence submitted in her trial had been forged and tampered with, and at least one defence witness had perjured himself.

All three members of the Herodotou family were arrested in Athens and extradited to Cyprus in January 2017.

Nitsa and Herodotos Herodotou were found guilty of encouraging a defence witness, Goran Vujic from Serbia, into perjury in the 2009 trial by promising him a job and a renewal of his Cyprus visa.

The family’s lawyer in the 2009 trial, as well as the state prosecutor who tried the case, were also brought up on charges over the affair. The lawyer was acquitted as the evidence against him was deemed insufficient, while the charges against the prosecutor were dropped after she resigned.

The court heard that the Herodotou couple – along with their lawyer – presented Vujic as a defence witness. Vujic had lied in his testimony before the court that he was an expert in access control systems and that he had installed the one used by the employees of the Four Seasons hotel, but the court said this was, “something for which he does not have any knowledge”.

The common goal of the defendants, she said, was the perjury of Vujic, which led to them “drafting, circulating and using a forged document certifying his speciality in systems of this type”.

The judge ruled that she considered responsible the two suspects for every possible consequence of this act.

In late June the court found their daughter guilty on two counts – causing death due to reckless driving, and running a red light on December 27, 2007, that resulted in the death of Ioannou when her car collided with his motorbike. Her sentence will be announced next month.

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