Relatives of the victims of the 2011 Mari explosion yesterday issued a fresh appeal to the Attorney General asking him to examine lifting the immunity from former president Demetris Christofias so he can face charges in connection with the blast.
Speaking to the media, lawyer Loukis Loukaides, who represents relatives of the Mari victims, confirmed that he discussed the matter with Attorney General Costas Klerides who assured him he would look into the matter.
“We believe this case should be reopened and we have spoken to the new Attorney General and explained the legal reasons we are basing our argument on.”
Loukaides added that the relatives of the victim wanted to reach out to the new Attorney General after being let down by former attorney general Petros Klerides who found no grounds to prosecute.
“We believe Christofias’ immunity should be lifted so that he can face prosecution. We consider him the main culprit in the tragic and criminal Mari accident.”
A public inquiry into the disaster concluded that the president was largely responsible, both personally and politically for the tragedy that claimed the lives seven sailors and six firemen and injured 62.
Former minister of defence Costas Papacostas was sentenced to five years on charges of manslaughter while former fire service chief Andreas Nicolaou, former deputy chief Charalambos Charalambous, and Andreas Loizides, the former commander of the disaster response squad EMAK were each given two years.