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Cyprus still in the mix as Greece’s spyware scandal takes wider dimension

Cyprus is still in the mix as Greece’s spyware scandal takes a wider dimension with an Israeli man with Cypriot nationality appearing to be among the main protagonists.

He is Avraham Shahak Avni, a Jewish community leader who was granted Cypriot citizenship in 2015 as a foreign investor.

He is the same man who was implicated in the infamous spy van probe in Cyprus, and an investigative report on Sunday in Greece’s ‘To Vima’ says he became active there in September 2019.

The report refers to a circle of business associates and connections of Avni with prominent individuals  in Greece  and at the same time lining them with ones in Cyprus.

Specifically, the report by journalist Vassilis Lambropoulos analyses the roles allegedly played by- firstly – the nephew of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and former secretary general of his office, Gregoris Demetriades.

Secondly, Greek businessmen Felix Bitzios and Yiannis Lavranos and, thirdly, the well-known Cypriot lawyer and former secretary of international relations of ruling Disy, Alexandros Sinkas.

In fact, Sinka confirmed to “Vima” his relationship with Avni but denied that he was ever involved in the Predator issue.

Predator is a type of spyware allegedly used against opposition politicians and journalists in Greece. It is owned by a company formerly incorporated in Cyprus with Avni and another Israeli national allegedly being linked to it.

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