Golden passport conditions handed to Lawyer-Standard

The police have handed in excess of to the Legal professional-Common two scenarios involving the now-defunct ‘golden passport’ plan – one of them relating to the reveals produced by the al Jazeera network.

Speaking to the Cyprus Information Agency on Thursday, police spokesman Christos Andreou claimed the two data files are now with the legal professional-basic, who will choose whether or not they merit prosecution.

A person of these two conditions, stated Andreou, “relates to the revelations by al Jazeera, they are just before the Law Business of the Republic [attorney-general’s office] and we await guidance.”

He extra that the law enforcement are investigating much more than 100 conditions relating to the naturalisation of foreign buyers the investigations are into doable legal offences, he stressed.

Questioned how these investigations are continuing, the police spokesman stated several of the circumstances are at “an sophisticated stage.”

Andreou demurred when questioned about media experiences that a 2nd situation involving the citizenship-by-investment decision scheme will be submitted in court this month.

To day, just one these situation has been filed in court, in May well 2021. It relates to the conclusions of an hoc investigative committee – headed by former chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Demetra Kalogirou.

That committee’s remit was restricted to looking at naturalisations considered ‘high risk’ – it was separate to the committee of inquiry which subsequently combed by the passports scheme from its inception in 2007 via August 2020.

Andreou observed that a exclusive group inside the law enforcement is dealing with investigations into the citizenship-by-financial commitment programme.

A evaluate of the progress in these investigations was carried out last week at a meeting in between attorney-basic Giorgos Savvides and the police main. Reportedly, Savvides gave the law enforcement timetables for completing their get the job done.

The European Commission introduced infringement proceedings versus Cyprus around its passport plan originally in Oct 2020. But in November of the very same year Cyprus axed its controversial plan just after an undercover Al Jazeera movie confirmed previous House president Demetris Syllouris and previous Akel MP Christakis Giovanis featuring assistance to a faux Chinese businessman with a prison record to protected citizenship.

In spite of terminating the citizenships plan, authorities in Cyprus continued processing some 1,400 purposes submitted ahead of the programme was nixed.