Cyprus Mail

State attorney suspended (Updated)

Senior counsel Eleni Loizidou pictured with Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy

The civil service commission on Tuesday suspended a state attorney under investigation after leaked emails suggested she may have stepped over the line of being helpful to her counterparts in Moscow in cases of Russian nationals whose extradition was requested by the Russian state.

The commission had been asked by the attorney-general to look into the possibility of suspension pending the investigation into the affair.

In the aftermath of the leak last week, Attorney-general Costas Clerides moved Eleni Loizidou to another department and ordered an investigation into how the emails had been obtained, while the cabinet appointed a special investigator to look into Loizidou’s behaviour.

Also Tuesday, Clerides sought to set the record straight after he was criticised over his call for public debate into the matter to stop pending the investigation.

In a written statement, the attorney-general reiterated that it was crime to engage in any action which could affect a police investigation or any other probe. Such an action is punishable with up to three years in jail.

Considering there is an ongoing police investigation into possible theft and illegal publication of communications data, as well as a probe into the possibility of commission of disciplinary offences, any actions that may affect the two procedures could constitute a crime and should be avoided, the attorney-general said.


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