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Paphos Land Registry abuse of power

Officials at the Paphos Land Registry have been accused of breach of power by a local businessman who claims that certain officials have been deliberately dragging their feet over the survey of a plot of land.

Paphos Land Registry office

Paphos Land Registry office

ATTORNEY General Costas Clerides is looking into claims of abuse of authority at the Paphos Land Registry Office following a complaint by a business owner in the city.

According to the man’s statement, the complaint dates back to 2002 during which he claims that certain officials at the department – which operates under the wing of the Interior Ministry – had been purposefully dragging their feet over the survey of a plot of land in Pegeia.

An official had reportedly found an error in the survey and continuously postponed the issuing of permits pending new investigations. The case had only been looked into in 2011 during which the company officials had been called in.

It later transpired, according to the police complaint on September 14, that there had been a note in the case file (dated July 5, 2016) during which it read that there were no issues with the survey protocol.

The complaint also claims that the same protocol had been approved 14 years before but nobody at the company in question had been contacted.

The complaint has been filed against the director of the Paphos Land Registry and another official and has told police that he is ready to produce more evidence if he is called upon to do so.

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  • aggis demetriou says:

    I’ve been developing here for 14 years, Can anyone Please tell me who to give back handers to in the Limassol Land Registry?

    Ed: There are a couple of reports of corruption in the Land Registries:

    Land Registry corruption investigation

    Criminal investigation into land registry officials

    But the outcome of the investigations were never reported.

  • Irene J says:

    I also have a plot of land that I have been asking questions about but getting nowhere. It beggars belief that big companies who build houses and sell them in my area have no problem. Backhanders DEFINITELY.

  • Deanna says:

    I think Andy is spot-on. Not only waiting for a back-hander, waiting for the ‘biggest’ back-hander….

  • traude says:

    It is common and well known how Paphos Authorities are functioning, some 35 years ago one could meet friendly officials in the different departments, later the termination “Mafia” was
    openly spoken out and my experience sadly has to testify the rotten climat.

  • Andy says:

    I’ve been asking questions about a plot I have and always get nowhere and sometimes get no reply even.

    Maybe they were waiting for a back hander.

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