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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 98-10-16

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Friday, October 16, 1998

Bishop blames mystery woman

THE BISHOP of Limassol Chrysanthos continued to dominate the front pages yesterday.

Phileleftheros led with an interview of the Bishop, in which Chrysanthos blamed his plight on "mystery woman" Nina Petros who had been handling his business dealings. He said that she was "the brain" behind everything and admitted that his biggest mistake had been to trust her completely.

He felt he had been left exposed by Petros, whom he described as the key in the case. She would come up with ideas and take care of all the correspondence. He also admitted to owning a flat in Athens and a house in London.

And he even suggested the punishment that the Holy Synod could impose on him: bar him from conducting any financial dealings.

Alithia reported that a man of questionable reputation, Andreas Antoniades, a.k.a. Keravnos, was also after Nina Petros as she owed him 40, 000. She had promised to pay him 80,000 to go to the Philippines and bring back gold and diamonds worth $250 million.

Keravnos had warned Petros that if she did not pay him what he was owed he would "have some blacks seize her and make her disappear from Johannesburg", where she is reportedly staying. He alleged that Petros had links with American and Jewish mafia.

Simerini said that the Holy Synod had no intention of defrocking Chrysanthos. Archbishop Chrysostomos had proposed a compromise deal by which Chrysanthos would resign, but keep his car and chauffeur as well as the title of former Bishop. He would retreat to a monastery for a short period of time and then be appointed director of the school for priests.

In the meantime, the Attorney-general has decided to re-open the case of the Amiandos mine, which was owned by the Limassol bishopric and closed down owing the state hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Machi claimed that more evidence against Chrysanthos had been unearthed by police investigations into the sale of a plot of land by the Limassol Bishopric to the Electricity Authority.

Police had failed to find out where 286,000 of the total amount paid for the land had gone. Of this amount only 88,000 were accounted for - 72,000 were paid to the estate agent who brokered the deal and 16,000 was paid in taxes.

Haravghi accused the government of committing a serious political error in refusing to take responsibility for the 75 refugees who landed at the British bases last week. The decision, based on the view that the 75 had landed on British sovereign territory, undermined and weakened the sovereignty of the Cyprus state.

The paper quoted two lawyers from the Attorney-general's office, claiming that as British sovereignty had been questioned and there was only one state in Cyprus, the government was mistaken not to accept responsibility for the 75 people.

© Copyright Cyprus Mail 1998

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