Cyprus: Former Supermarket Chain Owner Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

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The former owner of a large retail chain in Cyprus, Christos Orphanides was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He was convicted in numerous cases of fake cheques issuing amounting to EUR €20 million.

The court rejected 110 appeals of the defendant and left the original sentence unchanged.

Mr. Orfanides referred to the fact that the court did not apply the totality principle considering the case, and did not combine all the occasions into one case; issuing a sentence for each of them separately. According to the defendant, the punishment is disproportionate to the public danger of the criminal acts committed by him. However, the court found his arguments unconvincing.

Also, dozens of civil lawsuits were filed in court from former suppliers of the supermarket chain for the same reasons.