Chronicles of the Cyprus Passport Saga Part 12

Хроники кипрской саги о паспортах. Часть 12
16 December 2020 Liza Medvetskaya

It became known on Tuesday, December 15 that the government of Cyprus will send documents and information regarding the Citizenship by Investment program to the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).

Government spokesman Kyriakos Kousios said the government received a letter from the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) following a complaint by the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Cyprus (EY) and in particular the Auditor General of the country on non-compliance issues in the context of a study conducted on specific cases related to the Cyprus Investment Program.

In the aforementioned letter, according to Kousios, INTOSAI demanded from the government of Cyprus to express an opinion on the position of the Accounts Chamber (EV), and then to provide documents and information that will help the agency to better understand the situation.

Kousios stressed that the government intends to respond to INTOSAI's request as soon as possible, providing all the necessary documents and information on the basis of which it makes its decisions, and which will be able to make comments on the complaints of the Accounts Chamber of the Republic of Cyprus.

By the way, the country's government is currently in close contact with the Attorney General of Cyprus to resolve the legal aspects of the issues raised.

Meanwhile, this morning the court issued search warrants for some law firms in Larnaca.

It turned out that the Cyprus police, having studied the report of the committee under the direction of Kalogirou and based on their own evidence, decided to conduct their own investigation.

In search of new evidence, after receiving court orders, law enforcement officers visited several legal offices, as well as to specific individuals who, as it became known, were involved in golden passport cases.

It is expected that if evidence is found, then they will be forwarded by investigators to the central office of Nicosia for further examination.

Хроники кипрской саги о паспортах. Часть 12

As you may know, from November 1, Cyprus canceled the program of granting citizenship in exchange for investment. The decision to close the scheme was made the day after the broadcast of an investigation film by the Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera about the violations in the granting of citizenship.

Scandals associated with this program have occured before. The European Commission has repeatedly expressed concern about the fact that citizens of the EU member states are people whose past is at least questionable. However, this time the devastating videos prompted the European Commission to start legal proceedings against Cyprus. In addition, it became the reason for a number of revelations, revealed interesting facts and details of the sensational program of golden passports.

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Source:, cyprus-mail
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