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Bailiffs fail to seize ministers’ cars

Court bailiffs have been unsuccessful in their attempt to confiscate the cars of the Finance and Commerce ministers as they acted on court writs to seize government property to pay state debts.

ACTING on court writs, bailiffs went to the Ministry of Finance earlier today to confiscate the Minister’s car for unpaid compensation to owners of land that was expropriated by the state some years ago.

The value of the land is said to be worth €15 million.

The bailiffs also tried to confiscate the car of the Minister of Commerce who went to the finance ministry for a meeting. However, they were prevented from seizing the vehicle by the Minister’s driver who parked the car in the ministry’s underground car park and closed the doors.

Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said that the attempt to seize his official car was unacceptable; other government ministers complained that the incident had been orchestrated for electoral reasons.

This was the second time that court bailiffs have acted on court writs ordering the confiscation of government property for unpaid debts. Several weeks ago bailiffs confiscated government owned cars and other property in Paphos, but their effort to sell them at an auction was stopped by the Attorney General at the last minute.

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  • Richard says:

    Didn’t the mafia always drive about in shiny black expensive cars too?

    That whole scene – just SO Cyprus.

    Viva the internet – at least the whole world can now share the experience too – keep them coming Nigel – great work!

  • Jay says:

    I have nothing but utter disdain for Cyprus. It’s phenomenally corrupt and this is a prime example. Just a drop in the ocean that gives a hint of the bigger picture. Completely comical. Its The worst choice of my life to ever get involved !.

  • Gavin Jones says:

    How ignominious an event is this and hardly any more proof is required to demonstrate what an appalling shambles this government has become.

    As per usual with this administration, government propagandist Stefanou has had to resort to conspiracy theories, stating that this was orchestrated on account of the second round of presidential elections this coming Sunday. Pathetic and predictable to the end.

    As for another AKEL apparatchik saying that the event was a “shameful provocation against the state and its institutions”, it’s he and his ilk who have achieved this all on their own.

    Good riddance to them – and I would have written the same regardless of their political persuasion. Incompetent, incompetent, incompetent to a man.

  • Clive says:

    A little taste of what Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis and other cabinet ministers can expect in the future. Perhaps those he let down when he was interior minister and completely failed to manage the title deed situation could copy. Bet it made him and the rest of the goverment think.

  • steve says:

    I feel an Oscar winning film coming on here

  • Robert Briggs says:

    This is like a Monty Python sketch.

  • Denton Mackrell says:

    Well, they got Al Capone on tax evasion didn’t they? What’s wrong with getting at these mobsters on refusing to pay state compensation backed up by a court order? Pure theatre! Delightful come-uppance!

  • Martyn says:

    Hey, this is a great idea, especially Publicity and Awareness Raising, on behalf of those poor souls who ‘sold’ their land to the Cyprus government for road and other development, never got paid and, now it seems, have been ‘offered their land back’ because the Government coffers are empty and the projects are being ‘abandoned’.

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