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Ex-Larnaca mayor jailed over waste management scandal

Former Larnaca mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis

Former Larnaca mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis was jailed for five years on Wednesday after he was found guilty of corruption relating to the operation of two waste management plants in Larnaca and Paphos.

Three other defendants were also given custodial sentences ranging between five years and 18 months.

Louroudjiatis, the financial controller of Paphos municipality Demetris Patsalides, town planning department engineer Michalis Pantis, former town planning department engineer Giorgos Koullapis, and Helector Cyprus Ltd, were found guilty on February 7 following a trial that started in 2016.

On Wednesday, Louroudjiatis was given five years for money laundering, and 3.5 years and 1.5 years for various offences relating to corruption. The sentences will run concurrently.

Patsalides was also handed a five-year prison term for money laundering, and 3.5 years and 1.5 years for corruption-related charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

Koullapis was given a 3.5-year sentence for money laundering, 2.5, two, and one years for corruption. The terms will run concurrently.

Pantis was given concurrent sentences of 18 months for money laundering, and 15 and 10 months for corruption.

Helector was fined €183,000 for bribery and forging accounts with the aim of defrauding.

The case concerns waste management company Helector, the operator of two landfills – one at Marathounda, Paphos, the other at Koshi, Larnaca – which overcharged municipalities by reporting higher waste volumes while public officials looked the other way in return for backhanders.

Previously, the Nicosia criminal court ordered the seizure of thousands of euros in assets: from Louroudjiatis, €138,000; €124,600 from Patsalides; €10,000 from Pantis, and €100,000 from Koullapis.

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