THE FOUR suspects in the Aristo land fraud case on Friday pleaded not guilty to the charges put before them and were ordered to stand trial before the Paphos Criminal Court on January 12.
During the pre-trial hearing on Friday, Assizes president Dora Socratous said that due to the bulk of evidence before the court the prosecution and defence must be given adequate time to prepare their cases.
Facing charges of corruption and fraud in the illegal division of 179 land plots in Paphos by the private company are head of Aristo Developers Theodoros Aristodemou, his wife Roulla, former city civil engineer Savvakis Savva and Aristo architect Christos Solomonides.
They are accused of forging topography documentation which allowed Aristo to develop on considerably larger land mass areas than it would have legally been entitled to, gaining the company some additional €1.1 million in illicit revenues.
The four defendants are facing 32 charges. However, the former municipal engineer is facing a further four charges relating to abuse of power.
All four defendants have surrendered their travel documents and their names have been added to a stop list.
Update 13th January
The start of the court case against Theodoros Aristodemou, his wife Roulla, former city civil engineer Savvakis Savva and Aristo architect Christos Solomonides has been postponed until 27 January.