NewsLocalDisgraced volunteerism commissioner's forgery of diplomas case starts on Friday

Disgraced volunteerism commissioner’s forgery of diplomas case starts on Friday

The case of former Volunteerism Commissioner Yiannis Yiannaki who faces 18 charges relating to the alleged forgery of his high school and university diplomas starts on Friday before a Nicosia district court.

The disgraced former official has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces which provide up to a three-year-long prison sentence, Philenews also reports.

The alleged forgery of his academic documents had led Yiannaki to resign from his post in 2021 amid a police investigation ordered by the Republic’s Auditor General.

He hit headlines in May 2021 after local media revealed he had been at the centre of a probe triggered by allegations he had forged his high school and university diplomas.

Photographs published in local media of the English translation of Yiannaki’s secondary school diploma showed a mismatch between the grades of several subjects written out in numbers and in letters. This clearly suggested they had been tampered with.

The degree from a US university was also problematic even though both qualifications were in Yiannaki’s files at the Youth Board of Cyprus (Onek) where he was first appointed in 1996. He later secured a permanent job in 2007.

Former President Nicos Anastasiades appointed him Commissioner in May 2013.

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