Brothers Loizos and Kleanthis Petridis, who were arrested in December 2017 in the Fiji Islands on charges of money laundering and money laundering, were released after their trial. Loizos and Kleanthis Petridis had gone to the Fiji Islands on a tourist visa and were arrested in a cafeteria on December 19, 2017. A search of the apartment where they were staying found their departure tickets for Cyprus on December 25, 2017 (Christmas).
After an adventurous trial, they were acquitted of the charges of fraudulent acquisition of property and attempted fraudulent acquisition of property. However, they were found guilty of possession of property that is the product of a crime. The court ruling states that the maximum sentence for the offense for which they were convicted is two years in prison or a fine of $ 12,000. However, the two brothers had been remanded in custody for 2 years and six days and this time was considered to be the time of serving their sentence.
In a communication we had with L. Petridis, he stated that they were going to appeal the decision, as he speculated that it was only aimed at withholding the $ 200,000 they had in their possession and confiscated by the Fiji authorities. The two brothers's side had argued in court that their arrest was due to information given illegally to the Fiji police authorities by a Cypriot police officer. However, the Cypriot Police rejects this possibility.
Loizos and Kleanthis Petridis have asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cover their repatriation expenses, receiving a negative response. However, until November 11, Fiji airports are closed due to the pandemic.
With information from fijisun.com.fj
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