Andreas Pittadjis, a distinguished Famagusta law firm implicated in Al Jazeera’s golden passport scandal expose, which finished the citizenship for financial investment scheme, was fined €4,000 by the Cyprus Bar Association for demeaning the career.
Andreas Pittadjis was identified guilty by the Bar Association disciplinary council on two out of five disciplinary costs adhering to social media posts that constituted professional misconduct.
He was identified to have acted unprofessionally in posting individual details of representatives of potential clientele with no their consent, even more revealing particulars of alleged crimes without having possessing very first reported the case to the authorities.
Pittadjis allegedly exposed private details of two Al Jazeera ‘undercover journalists’ who experienced uncovered officials who appeared content to bend the regulations for a Chinese trader with a prison background to acquire a Cyprus passport.
As the Bar Affiliation observed, the good is not linked to the material of the alleged corruption depicted in the Al Jazeera but to Pittadjis’ behaviour and responses manufactured on social media.
Pittadjis faces further more disciplinary action for the issues raised in the documentary.
Al Jazeera’s investigative reporters experienced used concealed cameras, snared Home Speaker Demetris Syllouris and an AKEL MP and developer Christakis Giovanis pledging “full support” to grant a passport to a fictitious Chinese investor, inspite of a money laundering conviction versus him.
The report also showed law firm Pittadjis outlining to a male posing as a agent for the Chinese investor diverse approaches to skirt history checks, such as a identify change or granting citizenship by means of his spouse.
When reporters requested whether this sort of ‘work arounds’ would be attainable, Pittadjis informed them all the things is possible — “This is Cyprus”.
Pittadjis strongly denies the allegations, saying he was fully informed the technique was bogus and that he and Syllouris had only performed alongside to extract additional information and facts from the “representative” to file a report to the law enforcement.