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Criminal investigator appointed in prisons director’s complaint, police officer involved in scandal still not suspended

In a new development in the corruption scandal involving a senior police officer colluding with an inmate so as to damage the reputation of central prisons director Anna Aristotelous an independent investigator was appointed on Monday.

But it is still unclear whether the police officer implicated will be suspended since he has asked – and was granted – two days to respond before the Justice Minister makes her final decision.

Lawyer Achilleas Emilianides is the independent criminal investigator appointed by the Attorney General to look into the complaint filed on Monday morning by Aristotelous. The investigation must be completed within a month.

Aristotelous reportedly has heaps of messages that appear to show that the senior officer was persistently asking for videos of her personal life from the convicted felon – a well-known drug dealer.

Phileleftheros had inside information that the convict implicated in the case had been telling fellow inmates the senior officer had promised to take his case up for review which would see his life sentence reduced.

At the same time, another serious issue raised is whether President Nicos Anastasiades and Attorney General George Savvides were informed of the corrupt police incident at least a month before it was leaked to the press on Friday.

Asked by reporters on Sunday, Anastasiades vehemently denied this, saying “there can be no tolerance, if and when what has come to light is documented” and that he was “sick and tired of fake news”.

On Monday, government spokesman Marios Pelekanos said the issue was on the path to justice and that they had faith in institutions and in the justice system.

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