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Meeting on prisons postponed (Updated)

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Prison director Anna Aristotelous

A meeting to be chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades on the situation in the prisons after the damning statements made by the attorney general against management has been cancelled, deputy government spokeswoman Niovi Parisinou announced on Wednesday.

The meeting was meant to take place a 6:30pm and be headed by the president.

Attorney general George Savvides, the president, Justice Minister Stephie Dracou, and prisons director Anna Aristotelous were all meant to take part, following a damning report about mobile phone and drug trade in the jail.

Parisinou said that the meeting was cancelled, after Aristotelous tested positive for Covid-19.

Dracou announced later in the day that she had read the report and held meetings both with Aristotelous and the deputy attorney-general.

“As a result of the talks I had, I submitted my thoughts and suggestions over the matter to the president in writing. I do not wish to further comment, out of respect to the president and all those involved in meeting, where decisions will be made.”

On Monday, Aristotelous’ lawyer said there is a clear attempt to mislead public opinion and undermine the director of the central prison, after she reported police corruption.

Pambos Ioannides was speaking following a damning statement from the attorney general’s office last week which referred to the management of the Nicosia central prisons as inadequate and ineffective. Later in the day, the prison director herself also denounced the AG’s announcement as an effort to damage her image and work in the department.

The lawyer did not comment on the content of the AG announcement but claimed it was an effort to fragment the directorate of the department. He implied there have been unreasonable delays into the investigation of a complaint filed by the prison director and senior unit officer Athina Demetriou.

 

 

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