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Dromolaxia scandal resurfaces, Akel official blamed

The Cyta pension fund was involved in Dromolaxia scandal

The Dromolaxia land scandal has resurfaced after Venizelos Zannetou fingered Nikos Katsourides as the mastermind behind the corruption scheme which saw five people jailed in 2015.

Zannetou, jailed for three and a half years, spoke to Kathimerini on Sunday. Akel spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said the issue will be addressed later Monday.

Asked if Katsourides was indeed the mastermind behind the scandal, Stefanou declined to directly answer the question but stated that the matter had been cleared in the courts.

Disy spokesman Demetris Demetriou said the interview came as a surprise with the only certainty being that Akel is a party steeped in corruption.

The project at the heart of a scandal that saw state telecoms executives, police officers and party members go to jail after land was sold to the government for inflated prices – with those involved attempting to siphon off significant amounts of money.

The case even involved two secret service (KYP) officers who were jailed for six months each after being found guilty of taking bribes.

The two police officers had pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring to defraud the Republic of Cyprus between 2007 and 2010.

They had been accused of taking bribes – €10,000 and €40,000, respectively – from businessman Nicos Lillis to prepare a false report that Turkish Cypriot Mustafa Mehmet Mustafa permanently resided in the free areas to enable a land transaction.

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