Minister denies he instigated deputy police chiefs dismissal

first_imgJustice Minister Ionas Nicolaou dismissed claims on Wednesday that he was behind the dismissal of former deputy police chief Andreas Kyriacou when in fact he had previously prevented him from handing in his resignation over personal issues.President Nicos Anastasiades has been strongly criticised for his dismissal of Kyriacou for his alleged involvement in leaking to the media confidential reports on a foiled assassination attempt and police corruption. Main opposition Akel has accused the presidential palace of trying to fill the government with ruling Disy adherents.The minister said that all claims that he was behind Kyriacou’s dismissal were “unacceptable” and said he had had “excellent relations” with the former deputy chief.“I had excellent relations with the deputy chief, and I have never had the intention of doing what I am being accused of,” Nicolaou said.To give an example of how good their relations were, he said that when Kyriacou had expressed in the past his intention of resigning for personal reasons, “it was my intervention that convinced him not to do so, and that is why I find such claims unacceptable”.He refrained from responding to whether he knew of the president’s intention of dismissing Kyriacou. His ministry, he said, has excellent cooperation both with the president and each police leadership.Anastasiades said on Tuesday at the swearing in ceremony of the new deputy police chief, Kypros Michaelides, that Kyriacou’s dismissal was not linked to any corruption offences.On Monday, Anastasiades fired Kyriacou after Attorney-General Costas Clerides announced last week that he appeared to have been behind the unauthorised leaking of confidential information, including the tip from Serbian Interpol of a foiled assassination attempt.The AG said Kyriacou was also probably the person who leaked a 2015 internal police report on preventing and combating corruption to an MP and the press. The announcement was part of the key findings of an independent criminal investigation sought to establish whether members of police were involved in corruption or graft.Defending the president’s decision, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos had said on Monday that since three independent investigators and the AG ruled that attributing disciplinary responsibilities was in order and given that the deputy chief cannot be suspended until the end of the trial, “the president had no other choice but to fire him”.“It would be unreasonable for the deputy chief of police to be a defendant before a court and at the same time handle serious police cases,” Papadopoulos said.Kyriacou said he will fight the case in court. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img