The Attorney General of Cyprus, Petros Clerides, said he will step down on September 15, according to a tweet from President Nicos Anastasiades https://twitter.com/AnastasiadesCY .
Replacing Clerides on the following day will be Supreme Court Judge Costas J. Clerides.
Petros Clerides practised law from 1972 to 1974 when he joined the Law Office of the Republic and subsequently rose up the hierarchy ladder. In 2000 he was appointed Assistant Attorney General and in May 2005 Attorney General.
He has resisted pressure from politicians and public outcry to resign for being lenient on the outcome of major cases, such as condemning those responsible for the 2005 Helios air crash that killed all 123 passengers on board, for not prosecuting former President Demetris Christofias as politically responsible for the Mari munitions explosion in 2011 that killed 13 servicemen and for allowing the culprits of the current banking and economic crisis to get away.
Soon after taking office in March, President Anastasiades appointed Rikos Erotokritou as Assistant Attorney General, fuelling rumours that the two highest ranking lawyers of the Republic were often in conflict, speculations that both officials have denied.
Judge Costas Clerides practiced law for ten years as a partner in the law firm "Lefkos Clerides and Sons". In 1988 he was appointed District Judge and Senior District Judge in 1996. In 1997 he was promoted to District Court President and appointed to the Supreme Court in April 2009.
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