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Diko MP says he has evidence of migration dept corruption

Pournara migrant detention camps (File photo)

Opposition Diko MP Pavlos Mylonas on Wednesday handed the justice minister documents containing allegations of corruption against officials at various government departments relating to migration and asylum.

Mylonas said afterwards that this was information he had collected himself and it was his view that it should be probed by criminal investigators.

He said it took many months “and after we received many reports about serious offences in interior ministry departments related to asylum and migration, we handed the minister documents and information requiring immediate investigation.”

Mylonas said the information related to abuse of power, bribery and negligence over the past five years.

He said it involved government employees at various levels and departments.

“As far as I know it goes very high,” he told reporters.

Citing media reports, Mylonas said members of terrorist groups were allowed to live in Cyprus while a Turkish national who had been given asylum travels back and forth to Turkey through the north.

“There must be some order,” he said. “All these people, refugees in need, economic migrants, should be helped but our country cannot leave a situation without any control.”

Mylonas said it was taxpayer money that was being used, during a period when a lot of people live in miserable conditions.

 

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