The Supreme Court will announce its verdict in the much-publicized Astrasol case around noon on Wednesday and relatives of patients with cancer caused by the hazardous shoe sole factory in Nicosia expect to be vindicated.
In December 2017, the Nicosia district court ruled that Astrasol factory – operating from the early 80’s until 2009 – was inadvertently responsible for creating a cancer cluster for the general population living around the factory.
The district court’s verdict was appealed by the three parties who had been convicted on the grounds that they had no responsibility. These are Astrasol Ltd company, Phivos Liassis as an official of the factory and the Republic of Cyprus.
The case before the Supreme Court was heard last spring with the top level legal institution reserving its decision for Wednesday – that is, six months later.
The Law Office representative had argued that “the factory was closed following a decree secured by the Department of Labour Inspection”. In other words, he tried to send the message that there was no negligence on the part of the State.
The defense lawyers for Liassis and Astrasol Ltd had raised five grounds of appeal. Among other things, it was said that Liassis had been hired by his elderly parents as an employee and that he was wrongly convicted as an official of the Astrasol company.