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Aristodimou favours full investigation

Theodoros Aristodimou, founder and managing director of Aristo Developers, favours a full investigation into allegations of irregularities in the demarcation of 177 plots in the Skali area.

Theodoros Aristodimou of Aristo Developers

Theodoros Aristodimou – Photo credit: paphosnet

AN EXTRAORDINARY session of the Paphos Municipal Council, convened to discuss a controversial land demarcation permit issued to Aristo Developers, decided to uphold the decision pending completion of a police investigation on the matter, the CyBC reported on Friday.

The session was attended by Aristo boss, Theodoros Aristodimou, who reportedly unleashed a verbal attack on council members and those who “tried to tarnish the name of his company.”

Aristodimou, who also served a stint as chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, denied allegations of fraudulently altering plot dimensions and switching plans in the case file in order to enlarge the demarcation area.

Speaking at the Paphos Municipal House after the session, Aristodimou said he favours the full investigation of the matter by both the police and the Attorney-general’s office.

“The truth must shine, and efforts by some to emotionally murder me, my family and the employees at my company shall fail,” he said.

Aristodimou called on all council members that approved the demarcation to commit to personally bearing the cost of any damages payable to his company by the municipality in case he is acquitted, and pledged to pay double the fine if Aristo is found guilty.

He claimed the council members based their decision on erroneous data, appealing to the police for a full investigation.

During the session, the room was packed with Aristo employees and concerned citizens.

Earlier in the week, daily Politis had reported that Aristodimou, his wife Sotiroulla, and former municipal engineer Savvas Savva, were named as suspects in a police report submitted to the state legal services.

The case was reported to police on July 1 and concerned an application filed by Aristo Developers, Aristodimou’s company, for a permit to demarcate 177 plots in the Skali area.

The application was approved, but according to the complaint filed to police, it later emerged that new plans were added in the file and the previous ones had been annulled.

With the new plans, the company basically took back some 5,000 square metres, which had been previously earmarked as green spaces in accordance with the rules and regulations.

The value of the land was estimated at €2.0 million, Politis said.

The company denied the accusations, saying the municipality got the calculations wrong. It claimed that the municipality had asked for new plans to be submitted and the discrepancy came about because the land area was bigger than what was recorded on the title deeds.

The changes in the demarcation of green areas were made at the behest of the water department to protect a stream.

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  • Deanna says:

    I hope he gets done if he’s guilty; if only just to set a precedent so that the gates are opened for prosecution of all the other colluding developers/planners that have done exactly the same ie building on green belt.

  • Curmudgeon says:

    Of course, a full investigation will take some considerable time, time enough for all concerned to be nobbled. Can’t wait to see what new cars the council officers will be driving by the end of the year.

  • Mike says:

    Friends in high places?

  • Adrian says:

    I do not think that the Aristo boss needs to worry about the “good name of Cyprus builders being tarnished” by this latest scandal, no more than the scandal when the banks collapsed and all the underhand dealings came to light. I believe that Mr Aristodimou was there as well and I don’t think the reputation of the banks was tarnished because nobody was found to have done anything really bad and that is probably what has been arranged now.

  • Costas apacket says:

    Would this be the same Aristo boss that got moved on by police at the NEC @ Birmingham for accusing protesters of tarnishing the good name of Cypriot builders?

    Protesters in the UK continue to swamp property road shows etc. and hand leaflets and discuss with possible investors in Cyprus “why they should not buy on the island of Cyprus”! With allegedly crooked lawyers, certifying officers not dealing with POA in the correct legal manner, banks not following banking rules and regulations, and developers scamming people all over the island. He was asked to move on after an aggressive exchange of words against the peaceful protesters. This once beautiful island is being ruined by people like this.

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