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Case against Aristo stands

The Paphos criminal court has ruled that there is a case against Theodoros Aristodemou, the head of Aristo Developers Limited, and three others relating to the illegal division land at Skali.

Theodoros Aristodimou of Aristo DevelopersPAPHOS Criminal Court ruled on Thursday there is a prima facie case against prominent developer Theodoros Aristodemou and three others, including his wife, in connection with a land zoning case.

However, the court acquitted Aristodemou, wife Roulla, and former municipal engineer Savvas Savva of attempted money laundering charges.

The three, along with Aristo Developers designer Christos Solomonides, have been charged in connection with the demarcation of land in Skali, Paphos.

The charges included forgery, circulation of a forged document, conspiracy, abuse of authority, and obtaining property under false pretences.

The company was granted a permit for 177 plots but this was allegedly falsified later by replacing the approved architectural plans with amended ones, which ceded the company an additional area of some 2,730 square metres for development at the expense of the legally mandated green space and road network.

The land was estimated to be worth around €1.1 million.

The accused must now present their defence. They have three choices: remain silent, testify under oath and face cross examination, or give a statement from the dock without cross examination.

The only choice essentially taken into consideration by the court is the sworn testimony.

Either way they can call defence witnesses to back their case.

The next hearing was scheduled for May 7.

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  • Neroli says:

    The so called elite families of Cyprus – trailer trash!

  • Steve R says:

    However, the court acquitted Aristodemou, wife Roulla, and former municipal engineer Savvas Savva of attempted money laundering charges.

    What a joke. The guy and the other 2 had over 5 million euro in their accounts which had been given to them in cash. It came to light just before they were able to offload it to lands afar. These lot are going to walk free with just some sort of minimal charge which will carry a small fine or suspended sentence. There is no need to offload the cash now, just live the life of luxury for the rest of their days.

    Long live the crooks of Cyprus

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