LARNACA - The Dromolaxia property fraud trial continued on Wednesday with testimony heard from a company owner and acquaintance of star prosecution witness Nicos Lillis.
Speaking before the Larnaca Criminal Court, witness Kyriakos Zenios confirmed that he met state Lillis in early 2006.
He confirmed that in 2009 his company ARS Alliance was recruited by Lillis to help negotiated the purchase of the land in question from its Turkish Cypriot owner Moustafa Moustafa.
“The deal was settled for €1,050,000 while Moustafa was also paid a deposit of €20,000,” said the witnesses, adding that company’s fee was set at €750,000.
The witness said that after the deal was agreed on he met former Cyta Chief Stathis Kittis at his company’s offices on one occasion, noting that to date Lillis has only paid him €50, 000 for the work his company contributed.
He said he was unaware that Moustafa was not a resident in the free areas and therefore not eligible to sell his property.
The defendants in the trial are Head of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) trade union (EPOET) Orestis Vasiliou, former Cyta marketing manager Yiannis Souroullas, his brother and land registry official Gregoris Souroullas, Akel member Venizelos Zanettos, jewellery shop owner Antonis Ioakim, ex-Cyta boss Stathis Kittis and former Electricity Authority boss Charalambos Tsouris.
Charges have been withdrawn against Lillis who will be testifying against the defendants for the prosecution as well as Cyprus Intelligence Agency (KYP) officers Kostas Miamiliotis and Lefteris Mouskos who are facing charges in a separate trial for the same case.
The property in question was bought from a Turkish Cypriot man in 2010 and then sold the following year to the CyTA Pension Fund for a disproportionately high price after the land provisions were upgraded suspiciously fast.