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Official's breathalyzer controversy sparks reactions

Government awaits investigation outcome as reactions mount over alleged refusal of retest

Pavlos Neophytos

The President's office has taken a measured stance on the case of a state official who reportedly tested positive in a breathalyzer test and allegedly refused a second sample for retesting, a legal requirement.

Deputy government spokesman Yiannis Antoniou told K that the government is awaiting the completion of the police investigation into the matter. If a criminal offense is found, appropriate action will be taken, as one cannot simultaneously face prosecution and hold an official position, Antoniou emphasized.

Acknowledging the awareness of the President's office about the issue, Antoniou stated, "If a file goes to the Legal Service and the Legal Service decides that this person should be prosecuted and charged, then the Legal Service will contact the executive, and decisions will have to be taken."

The incident, reported by Politis, involved a state official allegedly driving under the influence on Constantine Paleologou Street in Nicosia. Police sources claim that the breathalyzer reading exceeded the permissible limit, and when asked for a second test, the official disputed the result and reacted rudely to officers. Refusal of a second test constitutes a criminal offense, leading to the case file being sent for criminal registration.

Reactions to the incident continue to emerge. The Ecologists, in a statement, address the rumors surrounding the case and call for immediate clarification from the Police and the Attorney General's Office if the information is untrue. They emphasize that officials who do not respect the laws of the state cannot serve, particularly in positions of authority.

AKEL MP Irini Charalambidou demands an explanation from the state, stating that a Law Commissioner not respecting the laws is an insult to political ethics, the Commissioner herself, President Nikos Christodoulides, and the political system. Charalambidou stresses that such behavior demonstrates the arrogance of privileged individuals and calls for accountability.

[This article was translated from its Greek original and may have been edited for brevity and clarity]

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