The Legal Service has done nothing wrong in the way it has handled the case of Thanasis Nicolaou, attorney-general George Savvides said on Thursday, in statements that prompted the fury of Nicolaou’s mother Andriana.

His statements were made outside the Supreme Constitutional Court after the auditor-general’s suspension case.

Savvides said he had fully briefed the president over the matter, who in turn appointed two independent investigators through a cabinet decision.

“They must be allowed to do their job. I do not believe the Legal Service, at least at the time when we took over, has done anything which was not correct.”

Asked whether he believed there were responsibilities that concern the Legal Service and its handling, Savvides said “I’m not here to attribute responsibility to anyone.”

There are cabinet-appointed investigators, and this is an ongoing process, he added.

Andriana Nicolaou however did not let it slide, posting her response on Facebook. “You promised us one thing in public, that you would be by our side and help truth shine.

“But your representative in court did the complete opposite.”

She was referring to the state prosecutor Xenia Xenophontos, who requested the involvement of forensic pathologist Panicos Stavrianos into the death inquiry proceedings.

Nicolaou’s family was adamantly against this – as was the judge – as he had ruled the death was due to suicide.

Was this your help?” Andriana questioned in her response to Savvides. “To keep this crime, the suffering torturous death of my child in the dark?

“You forgot that for 19 whole years, the Legal Service had my son’s name stamped with the stigma of suicide, which your stubborn employee insisted remains.”

The third inquiry into the death of national guardsman Thanasis Nicolaou ruled earlier this month, that he was killed by strangulation.

It overturned 19 years of insistence by authorities that Nicolaou killed himself, after his body was found under Limassol’s Alassa bridge in 2005.

He was 26 at the time.

Reading out her decision, judge Doria Varoshiotou criticised the stance of state prosecutor calling her line of questioning so intense it became argumentative.

The judge and state prosecutor had clashed horns multiple times, with Varoshiotou on one occasion telling the prosecutor that the AG’s office is ‘ignoring’ European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings on Nicolaou’s case.

This was because the Legal Service insisted that Stavrianos’ findings that Nicolaou committed suicide be accepted in the proceedings, despite an ECHR decision calling the investigation into his death inadequate.  A protest has been organised for this Saturday outside the Legal Service, calling for justice over Thanasis’ case. Set to begin at 11am, buses are being organised from across the country to offer transport for people outside of Nicosia.