Christos Zannetou: What do his lawyers respond to today's reports

The mayor of Ayia Napa will be arraigned tomorrow before the Permanent Criminal Court of Famagusta in Paralimni

Screenshot 14 3 exclusive, Mayor of Ayia Napa, Court of Famagusta, Christos Zannettou

Tomorrow the mayor of Ayia Napa, Christos Zannetou, will be referred to a direct trial before the Permanent Criminal Court of Famagusta in Paralimni, regarding the case of securing €765.000 in European sponsorship for a hotel upgrade.

It is recalled that this is a 2019 case concerning a sponsorship of 765 thousand euros for the upgrade of a hotel in which he was a shareholder and director of the company in Ayia Napa.

The Mayor of Ayia Napa is facing offenses involving, among other things, forgery and obtaining money under false pretenses.

In a statement, the Mayor's lawyers respond to a related publication regarding the legal proceedings before the Court of Famagusta.

This announcement:

“As today's publication relates to an ongoing legal proceeding filed a few weeks before the recent municipal elections involving allegations of events that took place a decade ago, and always respecting ongoing legal proceedings, we would like to record only the following:

1. Article 113 of the relevant On Municipalities Law 52(I)/2022 (which comes into force from 1.7.2024), which is invoked by the publication in question, refers to and covers cases of complaints that are at the stage of investigation by the police authorities ("Mayor... against whom the prosecuting authorities are investigating a crime..."). Mr. Zanettos is not being investigated and there is no ongoing investigation. The investigation was carried out for years and ended on the eve of the elections in the registration of a criminal case, which is now before the Court. Therefore, there is no question of any action by the competent Minister and any actions should respect the letter of the law and the principle of legality.

2. In any case, it should concern that, on the basis of the relevant provision, any bad-faith complainant can disable an elected municipal official by making any complaint of an offense punishable by a sentence of more than 3 years, without necessary even the exercise of elementary judgment by the prosecuting and prosecuting authorities as to its validity. The unqualified generality of the provision in question, in relation to its effectiveness and consequences, results, in our opinion, essentially in the abolition of the popular will.

3. We repeat that the intention of the Mayor of Ayia Napa is the immediate adjudication of the registered case, which concerns events more than 12 years ago and which was investigated from 2014 until 2024."