Al Jazeera passports trial dissolved

The trial of four key figures accused of selling Cypriot passports to dubious investors, exposed by an Al Jazeera sting, has been abandoned and must be refiled just eight months after it

Even Pinnochio couldn’t fix this

Like the wave of incompetence that swept across our passports-for-cash scheme, nobody believed they would get caught playing fast and loose with the rules. There were rumblings from far-off Europe about giving


Corruption watchdog to target senior officials

Two British legal experts tasked with helping Cypriot authorities investigate corruption allegations involving controversial ‘golden passports’ will focus complaints on high-ranking officials, including former President Nicos Anastasiades. According to local media, the

British lawyers probe golden passports

The Independent Anti-Corruption Authority has hired a team of internationally accredited legal experts to investigate claims involving high-ranking officials in the cash-for-passports scandal. The previous administration set up the anti-corruption watchdog under

Ministry denies blocking passports probe

The Interior Ministry refutes Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides’ claims that it has obstructed his office’s investigation into Cyprus’ disgraced cash-for-passports scheme. In reply to the auditors’ accusation, the ministry stated that a

A government that keeps on walking

Earlier in the week, President Anastasiades almost admitted he had made mistakes during his 10-year tenure but said his reforms would stand the test of time. He didn’t ponder his political misdemeanours,


More ‘golden passports’ to be revoked

The Cabinet decided to strip citizenship from another 10 individuals, among thousands who benefited from a cash-for-passports scheme which collapsed under accusations of corruption in 2020. Cyprus gave passports to more than

Passport fraud increases at airports

Cases of identity fraud and presentation of fake documents at Cyprus airports passport control have increased since last year, police said. This issue was discussed at police headquarters under the Deputy Chief of

More dodgy passports revoked

The government has decided to revoke another seven golden passports handed out to foreign investors as the Anastasiades administration comes under fire over its connection to suspicious cases. Interior Minister Nicos Nouris

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