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Family of hero police officer killed in 1974 erupts – “We do not tolerate mockery and indifference”

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Ξεσπà οικογνε&iota ;α orρωα αστυνομικοy που σκοτoθηκ ε το 1974-«Δεν ανεχoμαστε τον εμπαι γμo και την αδιαφορiα»

“We remember the few times that some officials of the Welfare Office passed by our house, to find out if we accept her care, and very inappropriately some of them advised her to give her children up for adoption, since they thought our upbringing was very difficult. Instead, no one ever informed her of her rights or what she could claim from the State, so that she could raise us with less deprivation.”

These were the words of Georgia Pavlou, daughter of the missing and later victim of the Turkish invasion, special constable Panagiotis Pavlou, with which she wanted to describe the experiences of her family, which since 1974 has not had the support of the State, while neither the leadership of the Police took the necessary actions, to properly restore the hero's relatives.

The story of the hero special constable, Panagiotis Pavlos, was heard before the Refugee Committee of the Parliament and came to the surface on the occasion of the case of the special policeman, Theodoulos Solomos, who had been dismissed by the coup Government in 1974, was missing until recently and his family he has been fighting since 2000 until now, to be given the honors he should have been given, such as a meritorious promotion to sergeant, the payment of his salary to the family, and the naming of a street or park in his memory. A case that ended yesterday, when the Minister of Justice announced that he intends to approve the recommendation of the Chief of Police, to return the honors.

READ HERE: It took 50 years for police officer Solomou to be vindicated – Intervention of Kartisotis and folding of the Chief

The family of the special constable, Panagiotis Pavlos, whose bones were found and identified in 2016, while until then his relatives avoided talking about the events of the invasion and his absence, as it states in a memorandum attributed to the members of the Commission by his daughter, Georgia, in this way they subconsciously considered that they did not pay each other, locking up any feeling in order not to put their mother in a difficult position.

“After the burial of his holy remains, we began to timidly ask our mother and surprisingly to get answers about all the issues that concerned him, from the smallest to the biggest. We learned about their last communication just a few hours before he breathed his last, defending our homeland, on the afternoon of July 22, 1974, during the advance of the Turks in the area of ​​Trachona-Mias Milia”.

His last words to his wife, as his daughter confesses “your babies jiai ta mmathkia”. Which he did. “He was always by our side, in the easy and the difficult, without ever complaining. He was and remains a proud man. He never admitted to asking anyone for any help. We remember the few times that some officials of the Welfare Office passed by our house, to find out if we accept her care, and very inappropriately some of them advised her to give her children up for adoption, since they thought our upbringing was very difficult. Instead, no one ever informed her of her rights or what she could claim from the State, so that she could raise us with less deprivation.”

Referring to the Police, Ms. Pavlou indicated that “not even the Cyprus Police, in which our father served before his disappearance, we remember being interested in the family of its member. Any contacts were formal, limited to invitations to attend events. No admonition, no information, no positive involvement in our lives. In fact, at some point they brought our mother a tax declaration in the name of the father, for her to fill in”.

The first time the family addressed the State

As explained by Ms. Pavlou, indicated that until the verification of her father's remains, the family did not have any guidance from the State, regarding their rights, since until then they only experienced their individual experiences, with their father's profession being limited to a “missing “, on the indicative progress they made every year and the years went by they grew, but they never received any support or guidance.

“For the first time we thought of turning to the State for help, when our mother became seriously ill, after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone cancer, which caused her 95.5% blindness, combined with multiple mobility problems. The need for care and continuous monitoring by doctors of many specialties almost every day, combined with her refusal to burden us financially, forced us to write to the Welfare Service, the Missing Persons Service, the Missing Persons Committee and the then Commissioner of the Presidency, but also to members of your Committee”.

However, the responses they received the three times they applied were negative. “The first time we were informed that he is not entitled to aid, because he has high deposits in the bank, reaching 60,000 euros, which were never shown to us despite our request. The second time, he was rejected because he was not a recipient of the Minimum Guaranteed Income, while the third time, because he was not included in the list of victims of the Turkish invasion. When we went to investigate the matter, the Welfare Service found that our mother's application had been pending for almost 50 years and was traced to the identity card she held during British rule.

It was then that the family found that they were entitled to disability benefits, which they never received, a benefit that could have helped the bereaved mother and aided in the education of the deprived children.

“We were also informed of our father's limited earnings, as a special constable, that is his A1 scale salary amounted to a total of £1,556 per annum. We addressed the Cyprus Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance, but also the Deputy Ministry of Welfare after its establishment. Our letters since 2016 have been falling on deaf ears. After the assistance of a lawyer, we got the only answer from the Cyprus Police, on February 14, 2024. It concludes that our father after the Turkish invasion:

-He did not receive social insurance from the state, and his pension and lump sum were based on his almost 3 years of work in the Service.

-The content of the lump sum is due to the premature his discharge, which it should be noted that his Service tried to achieve initially with our consent, after repeated phone calls and pressure, after their promise, that he would discharge honorably in the position of Sergeant.

– It was never proposed, and even if this was finally done, we were never informed, for his promotion to the rank of lieutenant, as potentially determined in the relevant legislation that governs police officers and constables. Instead, in the aforementioned Police letter, we were informed that he retired at the highest grade of the A1 scale as a Regular Special Constable.”

Essentially, through the testimony of Georgia Pavlou, what one finds is that for so many years the State failed to support the family of a man who gave his life for our freedom.

“The answers we didn't receive, as well as the mockery and irony we received from the competent officials of our state, when we contacted them by phone for clarifications, are completely characteristic of the indifference, but also of the absent official from life us. This prompted our family to resolutely claim what the State deprived them of, through legal means. We do not tolerate taunting or indifference. We cannot bear to see our mother after 50 years, in tears of bitterness, knowing that if the above had not happened, as long as the State stood as a helper for our own family, then it could offer us prospects and guarantees for a better life, as the President of the Republic himself has repeatedly emphasized in his statements”.

Source: reporter.com.cy

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