At about 16:20 on Friday, the Mayor of Paphos, Fedonas Fedonos, passed through the gates of the town’s Police Headquarters to present information in connection to the mismanagement of Turkish Cypriot property.
Speaking to reporters before his testimony to the Paphos Police, Fedonos said he would give information regarding about 30 cases spread out to all provinces.
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Paphos’ Mayor expressed the hope that his testimony to the Police will contribute to the launching of a wider effort towards the undoing of all these injustices and mismanagement and “to wipe out this huge scandal that was built around the Turkish Cypriot properties from 1974 to date”.
Fedonos argued that ” properties worth billions of euros have been managed in a scandalous manner, which has led to some being favored, and in some cases, some people were able to make fortunes benefiting from the favorable treatment they had or from illegally possessing enormous amount of property. ”
According to the Mayor of Paphos, the state is estimated to have lost a few hundred million euros from the mismanagement of the TC properties, adding that all this money could have been returned by the state to the refugees who lost their property.
Instead, as Fedonos said, a few non-refugees and some refugees managed to acquire property and get rich by subletting them, while some other refugees not only did not get anything but are blatantly wronged.
Fedonos also spoke of “party clientelism”. As he claimed, “they were holding property in a totally subjective way, with and with interventions of various kinds. Meanwhile, the Agency is understaffed and vulnerable to interventions and pressures”, added the Paphos Mayor.
After being asked by reporters, Fedonos said he has not been threatened in any way.