Two Akel officials and a businessman were arrested yesterday as suspects in the Dromolaxia property scam investigation.
Police confirmed that opposition party members Venizelos Zanettos and Christos Alekou had been apprehended along with jewellery shop owner Antonis Ioakim.
The trio are expected to be brought before Larnaca District Court tomorrow for a remand hearing.
Andros Kyprianou, Akel Secretary General, reacted furiously claiming the arrests “undermined democracy” and that “there was a plot against the party.”
Akel also blasted the Legal Services after it was announced that the case against Larnaca businessman Nikos Lillis and two secret policemen would be tried before the District Court instead of the Criminal Court.
But head of the Bar Association Doros Ioannides said the move was not unusual and explained that the only difference between the two courts is that the Assizes can issue heftier sentences – usually more than five years.
“It is well within the rights of the Attorney General who has decided to have the case tried before the district court.”
The head of Cyta, Stathis Kittis, along with Cyta union (EPOET) head Orestis Vasiliou, Senior Cyta Marketing Manager Yiannis Souroullas and his brother Cytavision head Gregoris Souroullas are scheduled to appear before court today for a remand renewal in connection with the investigation. They were arrested last week and face charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, bribery, fraud and abuse of authority.