17 May 2014 12:13

Former chief of police Michalis Papageorgiou has filed lawsuits with the Supreme Court and Nicosia District Court over his alleged unfair dismissal from the force.
Papageorgiou argues that his dismissal on March 27 was unlawful as he was not granted the opportunity by President Anastasiades to argue his case.
The former police top-dog was ordered to step down by the President following criticism over the security handling of a demonstration in Limassol that caused a speech on the Cyprus problem by former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to be disrupted.
Trouble began when around 100 extremist members of the far-right ELAM party scuffled with officers who prevented them from entering the cultural centre as the speech was taking place. One journalist suffered minor injuries and damage was caused to the venue while the incident caused international embarrassment for Cyprus. Confusion emerged the following day over who had the responsibility of handling security with Papageorgiou and Nicolaou both claiming they were not properly informed over the potential threats to the former Turkish Cypriot leader.
The president eventually sided with Nicolaou and assigned Zacharias Chrysostomou as the New Chief of Police soon after Papageorgiou was fired amid accusations of incompetence. The former chief is also seeking €500,000 in compensation for damages as the lawsuit claims he was the victim of slanderous comments made by the President and Nicolaou.
The lawsuit further states that the President accepted Nicolaou’s claims that the police leadership had failed to brief him on the security measures implemented without an investigation taking place to back such allegations.


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