Former House President Demetris Syllouris and former Akel MP Christakis Giovanis pleaded not guilty to five charges at Nicosia criminal court on 29 December last year, according to a report by Cyprus Property News on 30 December. 

The charges stem from corruption allegations following an Al Jazeera documentary on Cyprus’ controversial citizen-by-investment scheme.

Currently, Syllouris, Giovanis and senior member of staff at the Giovanis Group, Antonis Antoniou, are facing a trial related to the findings of the Nicolatos report, which was carried out after the Al Jazeera documentary.

Antoniou who is currently abroad, will make his plea before the court on 18 January.