Cyprus: Anastasiades responds to allegations of opacity in ‘golden passport’ scandal

Cyprus: Anastasiades responds to allegations of opacity in ‘golden passport’ scandal

“I am not prepared, in any way, to risk any undermining of the Inquiry Committee or any investigations deemed appropriate by the Attorney General to be carried out, in order to satisfy anyone’s micropolitical expediencies,” the President of the Republic notes in a statement, referring to the forthcoming publication of the December 29 Kalogirou findings, as announced by the Director of the President’s Press Office at RIK.

Nicos Anastasiades wishes in this way to respond to the “allegations”, as he describes it, “that neither the President nor the Government want transparency and that they are supposedly afraid of the publication of the reports of the Inquiry Committees regarding the Investment Program.”

The full written announcement:

Due to claims that neither the President nor the Government want transparency and are afraid of the publication of the Inquiry Committees’ reports on the Investment Program, I would like to state the following:

(a) The report of the Committee under Ms. Dimitra Kalogirou, following the remarks of the Attorney General, the Unit for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS) and the Commissioner of Personal Data, will be published on December 29, 2020.

(b) Any interim findings will be made public in the same way, as well as the final report of the Inquiry Committee under former President of the Supreme Court, Mr. Nikolatos.

(c) Regarding the events concealed in the redacted documents, those will also be made public immediately after the conclusion of the criminal investigations, with the sole exception of those concerning personal data.

(d) I would like to refer to the obvious and reiterate that the purpose of investigative committees is to indicate any political, disciplinary or criminal liability. I am therefore not in any way willing to risk any undermining of the Inquiry Committee, or of any investigations deemed appropriate by the Attorney General to be carried out, in order to satisfy anyone’s micropolitical expediencies.

(e) In view of the above, I express my deep concern at the attempt by some to discredit institutions and personalities representing committees with a number of members, and at the same time for their insistence on entrusting any investigation to a specific official and former party member, even if no such powers have been conferred to them by the Constitution.

And the concerns are not focused on any findings to the detriment of the President or the Government, but on what some may want to hide regarding specific Law Firms,” the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades concludes in his written statement. /ibna