The adoption of increased security around House Speaker Annita Demetriou and some of her family members, has nothing to do with her having filed a police report of fake news, police announced on Tuesday.
Speaking on CyBC radio, police spokesman Christos Andreou clarified that the announcement by police of increased security was made precisely to avoid public conflation of the two.
“On the basis of an evaluation of information, which was judged to be reliable, the force is taking increased security measures both for the House president and for members of her close family environment,” Andreou said.
“The increased presence of the police concerns the taking of security measures and has nothing to do with the posting of a specific page on social media, which is completely unsubstantiated, false and does not correspond in any way to reality,” he added.
Andreou said he was not in in a position to provide further details on either matter at this time.
Police meanwhile are investigating the House president’s formal complaint of what she called a mud-slinging operation via a social media against her and her family.
Andreou said the post had been made anonymously and the cybercrime unit is looking into uncovering the identity of the person behind the name tag.
“At some point, patience runs out. For a while now there has been an ongoing mudslinging operation targeting me and my family. The scenarios created and making the rounds are unbelievable,” Demetriou said on Monday.
The post referred to a close relative of hers being linked to a known criminal case.