NICOSIA - The credibility of the Cyprus Intelligence Services (KYP) was shaken further on Sunday after it emerged that an agent appeared to be monitoring the movements of various members of the public.
The revelation came to light when investigators looking into the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) land deal scandal came across a large dossier containing pictures and videos of people at the home of a former KYP officer. The Sergeant in question is not one of the two KYP officials currently in police custody in connection with the CyTA land swindle deal in Dromolaxia.
The matter is being personally overseen by Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou.
Officers had arrived at the home of the suspect after a search warrant was issued for police to search the premises.
According to media sources, a new criminal and disciplinary investigation is set to be launched against the agent who was suspended by the police chief on Saturday.
Some of the material recovered by investigators includes CDs containing videos and pictures from gatherings as well as the movements of political figures as well as of certain members of the public in and around the district of Larnaca.
Once the files have been examined by investigators, they will then be sent to the Legal Services.
“Light has to be shed on this issue”, stormed Green Party official George Perdikis. “What KYP has been doing all this time is absolutely intolerable. They have been watching the movements of political party members. If such things continue to this day, then it is totally appalling.”
Perdikis also called on the government and Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou to find out who gave the order for the surveillance.
Last month, two officers from KYP were arrested after they were allegedly paid by a Larnaca businessman to falsify a report in order to facilitate what investigators say was a swindle involving a piece of land in Dromolaxia.
Two years ago, political party Evroko had informed parliament that they were being monitored by KYP while other politicians have also complained that they have been the victims of illegal surveillance.
The matter will be addressed in parliament added Perdikis.