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Parties express readiness to publish PEPs list

Political parties on Friday expressed readiness to publish a list of politically exposed persons with bad debts a day after legal experts retained by parliament suggested there were legal obstacles, but it would not be impossible.

The opinion was delivered to House president Adamos Adamou on Thursday and was now in the hands of the parties.

The experts say parliament can publish the list in line with its constitutional powers, but reproduction of the names afterwards could constitute violation of personal data.

The opinion also suggests the list must be update before publication, which should be done through a decision of the plenum.

The list was prepared by former Central Bank chief Chrystalla Georghadji and delivered to the House president in April 2019.

The issue has been going back and forth since prompting suggestions that parties had something to hide. The PEP document includes data from Alpha, Eurobank, Hellenic, Bank of Cyprus, Kedipes and the Housing Finance Corporation.

On Friday, ruling Disy leader Averof Neophytou said his party favoured publication of the list and was prepared to do everything necessary to achieve that.

Disy parliamentary spokesman Nicos Tornaritis said following the publication the list must be audited by independent experts in a bid to determine any wrongdoing.

Akel MP Giorgos Loucaides said his party had voted against publication because of personal data and legal concerns but also mistakes.

Loucaides said the list did not specify if any of the names on it had been given preferential treatment. Akel will study the legal opinion and inform an ad hoc committee on the matter.

Diko said it would decide on it stance after studying the opinion but the party’s position remained that the list must become public.

Edek chairman Marinos Sizopoulos said some names should not have been on the list and those who drafted it must be disciplined.

Sizopoulos said the party favoured publication provided it would be the right list.

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