Australian leads probe into corruption allegations against former President of Cyprus

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The Independent Authority against Corruption of Cyprus has enlisted the expertise of Australian lawyer Gabrielle Louise McIntyre to lead the inquiry into allegations against former President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades.

McIntyre, an experienced legal professional renowned internationally, has agreed to investigate the allegations outlined in the book “Mafia State” by journalist/investigator Makarios Droussiotis, which were brought before the Authority by presidential candidate Andreas Mavroyiannis during the last election period.

Initially encountering difficulties in securing local legal representation, the Authority broadened its scope after learning of the book’s translation into English, enabling the recruitment of foreign lawyers.

Nicos Anastasiades
Nicos Anastasiades. Photo: SBS.

Following preliminary assessments and discussions, McIntyre was selected for the role, demonstrating her commitment by reviewing the book in English before finalising the agreement with the Authority. She will be compensated at a rate of 800 euros per working day and will be supported by three Greek Cypriot lawyers.

The investigation will delve into various issues, including the involvement of Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev and subsequent events in Cyprus following his divorce.

The book sheds light on the relationship between Anastasiades and a prominent law firm, parliamentary processes surrounding legislative amendments, court decisions favouring Rybolovlev, and capital transfers.

Source: In Cyprus News.

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