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Cyprus investigates prison director’s blackmail allegations

NICOSIA, CYPRUS (AP) – Cyprus launched an investigation on Monday into allegations by the country’s prisons’ director that a senior police officer had recruited an inmate to gather information or video about her private life that could be used to blackmail her.

Attorney General George Savvides appointed lawyer Achilleas Emilianides to carry out a criminal investigation into allegations made by Prisons Chief Anna Aristotelous and her deputy, Athena Demetriou, against the unnamed police officer.

Savvides said the investigation will conclude in about a month.

Aristotelous didn’t specify what the possible motives would be for the unnamed senior police officer to allegedly recruit the inmate.

Cyprus Prisons Director Anna Aristotelous speaks to the media. PHOTO: AP

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