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Owners of two abattoirs to be charged with hiring illegal workers 

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The Cypra slaughterhouse in Kato Moni

The owners of two abattoirs, including the husband of the state treasurer, will be charged in connection with illegally employing workers after authorities found nine foreigners working for them without the proper permits, police said on Thursday.

The pair were arrested on Wednesday after police raided Cypra and A&A abattoirs where they found nine foreign nationals working without permits. The workers were also arrested.

Three at one facility had not been declared while from the other six, three were undeclared and three without a work permit.

Police spokesman Christos Andreou said the two owners gave statements and were then released. They will be brought before court as soon as possible, Andreou said.

Cypra owner Giorgos Georgiou, the state treasurer’s spouse, won’t be facing any charges for violating quarantine after the detection of coronavirus positive cases at his facility.

On Tuesday however, Georgiou failed to appear before the House labour committee, claiming he had been a close contact of the confirmed cases.

Police said they verified that Georgiou was not on the list of people who had to quarantine.

The matter was tabled for discussion in parliament after the detection of close to 100 Covid cases, including 61 undeclared workers.

After that, a series of alleged wrongdoings on behalf of Cypra saw the public light, potentially touching the treasurer who was now trying to defend herself.

Daily Politis said there was an issue of conflict of interest concerning Rea Georgiou who is also the head of the auditors’ supervisory authority.

From that position, Georgiou supervises the auditor of Cypra, who is her brother.

One of the companies linked with her spouse and her children, is Cypra Bioenergy Ltd, whose office address if the same as the audit office, AuditPro Services, where her brother is a partner.

Rea Georgiou told Politis she did not think there was conflict of interest.

When an issue that concerns her brother goes to the authority then she would recuse herself, as other members of the board had done in similar situations in the past, Georgiou said.

Ruling Disy said Thursday the conflict of interest claims concerning the treasurer must be investigated immediately.


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