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Lawyer who forged AG’s signature to be sentenced on April 4

Paphos court

Paphos district court will on April 4 pass sentence on a lawyer after finding him guilty of forging the signature of the attorney-general.

The offences in question were committed between June 20 and June 23, 2014.

The defendant, a 39-year-old lawyer, reported his offence of his own volition to the police on July 1, 2014.

The lawyer had been approached by a client, who told him he had an ongoing dispute with the government relating to benefits he was claiming.

In 2012, the client told the lawyer that he had filed a suit against the Republic for the same matter.

The law suit was dismissed in 2013.

The same lawyer subsequently composed a letter and signed it as the attorney-general. The letter falsely stated that the client in question had been awarded €5.5m in compensation.

The lawyer also admitted to police that he had assured his client that he was a personal friend of the attorney-general.

In court on Thursday, the defendant’s attorney pleaded for mitigation, on the grounds that the man did not gain financially from the forgery and due to the fact he had no criminal record to date.

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