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Disgraced MP file in hands of legal service

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The House ethics committee

The police file detailing Green’s MP Alexandra Attalides’ report against independent MP Andreas Themistocleous was in the hands of the legal service on Friday, set to be further scrutinized.

Attalides told the Cyprus Mail she did not wish to comment at the present stage and will wait to see how the attorney general’s office would proceed.

Asked if she was hoping Themistocleous’ parliamentary immunity would be lifted so he could be tried for criminal offences, she said “I hope for nothing”, maintaining she would observe how the case would take its course.

Attalides has charged her parliamentary colleague of a racist and homophobic attack, after a Facebook post he wrote saying “it looks like the three blacks never showed up” in reference to Attalides’ past allegations that she was receiving threatening messages, among them one saying they would “send three blacks to take care of you”.

Last week, the Greens MP reported Themistocleous to police over the matter. The issue was also tabled to the House ethics committee, which ruled there had been no violation of the code of conduct for members of the parliament, as the incident occurred outside parliament.

The committee condemned the Facebook post and called on authorities to investigate the possibility of criminal conduct on his part.

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