17 April 2014 07:27

Bailiffs are expected to confiscate more state property over the coming months as empty government coffers mean land expropriation compensation cannot be paid.
Last month following a pending court decree,  bailiffs confiscated official cars belonging to the state from the Legal Service, including the BMW used by Attorney General Costas Klerides in connection to the €5 million expropriation of a piece of land by the Education Ministry in 2001.
The Land Registry was on Tuesday reported to be reviewing more recent expropriation orders in light of the difficulty the state is expected to continue to have in paying compensation.
Official figures show that by June last year some 218 warrants to confiscate state property were pending while the Land Registry more recently revealed there was an ongoing increase in the number of such warrants.
The 218 warrants are connected to €9.8m in compensation. Of these, 125 are connected to the Paphos district including the since recalled construction of the Paphos- Polis Chrysochous highway.
In a letter to the Interior Ministry responding to Auditing Office concerns, the Land Registry has also noted some 20 projects had been called off either entirely or in part, news reports said yesterday.
The Land Registry also suggested the Interior Ministry appoint a committee of representatives of the various government departments usually involved in expropriations to create handbook of the process including the social and financial consequences of a project not being completed.


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