Former Paphos mayor Sarikas, others jailed for corruption


    Former Paphos mayor Fidias Sarikas was jailed for four years on Friday and three former and one sitting municipal councilors got between four and five and a half years for corruption in connection with the Paphos’ sewerage system, Sapa.

    Along with Sarikas, who was mayor between 1997 and 2002, were former Paphos municipal councillors Giorgos Michaelides, five and a half years, Efstathios Efstathiou, five and a half, and Vasos Vasiliou, four years, and sitting councillor Giorgos Shailis who was sentenced to four and a half years.

    The five faced 61 charges relating to bribes, money laundering, abuse of power, and conspiracy, but after some charges were dropped, Michaelides was found guilty on 19 charges, Sarikas on six charges, Efstathiou on 14 charges, Vasiliou on seven charges and Shailis on six charges.