News Local Justice Minister: "I have taken my decisions and will inform the president'

Justice Minister: “I have taken my decisions and will inform the president’

Beleaguered Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, who has faced repeated calls to resign over how police handled the case of women reported as missing and later found murdered, said on Wednesday that he has taken his decisions and will be informing President Nicos Anastasiades when they meet tomorrow.

The president has been abroad in China as a stunned public opinion follows the gruesome discovery of the bodies of four murder victims and a search for another three.

A 35 year old army officer is in police custody and has reportedly confessed to killing five women and children from 2016 to 2018. At least six were reported missing and police have come under fire for failing to investigate properly when their disappearance was first reported. Police counter that the law prohibits them to request the lifting of  privacy of telecommunications. An administrative inquiry is nevertheless underway, though critics say this is too little too late.

In a written statement on Wednesday, Nicolaou said that he has taken his personal decisions which he was awaiting the president’s return to inform first.

The minister said he has been following statements calling on him to shoulder political responsibility and resign because of the way police handled the case of missing persons. He said that he has throughout his political life “been strict as regards the principles which determine shouldering political responsibility, even if there is no personal responsibility.”

He voiced shock at the crimes, and said that he had not — prior to the revelation of the murders — he had not been briefed either about the police’s handling of the disappeared women, and had taken his decisions.

 “During tomorrow’s meeting with the president I will inform him of my decisions and explain what led me to take them, even though as minister or as a ministry we do not have any authority nor should we as regards the handling of investigations or inquiries carried out in the probing of complaints,” he said.
These he said are the exclusive responsibility of the investigating authorities which are the police, which whenever it feels useful and necessary, asks t
Οι ανακρίσεις και διερεύνηση καταγγελιών υπάγονται κατ’ αποκλειστική αρμοδιότητα στις ανακριτικές αρχές που είναι η Αστυνομία, η οποία όποτε κρίνει σκόπιμο και αναγκαίο αποτείνεται στο Γενικό Εισαγγελέα για οδηγίες. Η εκτελεστική εξουσία δεν έχει αρμοδιότητα και ούτε πρέπει να αναμιγνύεται σε αυτές.

Top Stories

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Monday, 25 January

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Monday, 25 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Parking place Lidl supermarket, Limassol 08:30-16:30 Parking place Sklavenitis supermarket, Germasoyia...

130 new cases, three deaths announced on Sunday

The Health Ministry announced the death of three persons due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 186,...

-2 C on Troodos Mountain tonight

Tonight the weather will be mainly fine. Winds will be north-westerly to north-easterly, moderate, force 3 Beaufort. The sea will be slight to rough. The temperature...

Health Ministry to examine use of colchicine for COVID-19 patients

Regarding the use of colchicine to patients with COVID-19, due to relevant announcements made in Greece and Canada, the Advisory Committee of the Health...

Expert says lifting of all measures possible by March, if epidemiological figures allow it

Dr Petros Karayiannis, member of the Scientific Committee on the pandemic and Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Virology at the University of Nicosia Medical School has...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...