News Local Police chief: Officers guilty of dereliction of duty to be held...

Police chief: Officers guilty of dereliction of duty to be held to account

Police chief Kypros Michaelides pledged on Monday that members of the force  guilty  of dereliction of duty in the handling of the case of women reported missing and later found murdered by self-confessed serial killer Nicos Metaxas will be held to account.

He spoke in Paphos on the same day as the 35 year old army officer pleaded guilty to killing five women and two children and was handed down seven life sentences.

Michaelides was appointed to succeed Zacharias Chrysostomou who was sacked by President Nicos Aanstasiades over police’s botched handling of women reported missing.

Critics say that lives would have been saved had police done more when Livia Fiorentina Bunea, 36, and her eight year old daughter Elena Natalya were reported missing in 2016.

Michaelides said that the police’s reputation had suffered a strong blow by the spate of murders, mainly because of possible dereliction of duty  by members of the force as concerns the disappearance of the victims.

He pledged that as police chief he would do whatever possible so that those who have committed any criminal or disciplinary offences “pay the price”.

The Police Complaints Commission is investigating how police acted when they received the missing persons report. It will examine whether anyone should be held responsible and if these responsibilities are criminal or disciplinary,

Michaelides said police did not want to punish its members but those who do not do their work and put the force in a difficult position must pay the price so that Cyprus police can move forward without “weights and responsibilities.”

And he added: “We have a responsibility to move forward because the public quite rightly are concerned and expects a lot from us.”

Read more

https://in-cyprus.com/mitsero-serial-killer-given-seven-life-sentences-after-pleading-guilty/

Top Stories

Two students in hospital after hooded persons invade school

A group of ten people who were not students and who were wearing hoods covering their faces entered the A’ Technical School of Nicosia...

Cultural Heritage Technical Committee completes conservation works

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH)  announced on Friday the completion of conservation works at several sites within the framework of the “Support...

Expert: Third wave if people relax

Maria Koliou, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the University of Cyprus and President of the Special Committee of the Cyprus Medical...

3,570 doses of vaccines given to Turkish Cypriots

Leonidas Phylactou, Greek Cypriot co-head of the bicommunal technical committee on health said that this morning another 3,570 doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines...

Women outnumbered at management level both in EU and in Cyprus

Women remain outnumbered at the management level in the EU in 2020, according to data released today by Eurostat, the statistical service of the...

Taste

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...

Mezedes

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...