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Police begin probing Cyprus Oceanography Center

Police investigators have turned their attention to suspect dealings at the University of Cyprus’ Cyprus Oceanography Center just days after 11 people were detained in connection with an alleged €5million swindle at another university.

Police official Stelios Stylianou had previously told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the investigations into the alleged Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) swindle and the current Cyprus Oceanography Center probe are connected.

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The Cyprus Oceanography Center operates under the wing of the University of Cyprus.

The Legal Services are currently combing through 14 contracts concerning the centre.

According to sources from CID Headquarters, Attorney General Costas Clerides has ordered a deeper investigation into one of the 14 contracts after it was established that one of the individuals – involved in the CUT swindle investigation – had championed the deal.

The 14 contacts mainly involving the buying of equipment and maintenance of the current equipment with suspicions raised back in 2015 by Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides during an audit inspection.

Last week, 11 suspects involved in the €5million scandal at the CUT were remanded in custody for eight days by the Limassol District Court.

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