inquiry digs deeper
Plus, 6 November 2009
The forestry service branch in Molai, Laconia, is investigating land
transfers on the island of Elafonisos, in the area of Simos-Lefki,
which reportedly include some state-owned and forest areas.
Individuals - including the islandís community president Haralambos
Liaros - who have claimed ownership of these properties have refused
to present their purchase contracts for the disputed sites.
Molai forestry service officials have found that in 1965 the state
recognized Liaros' ownership of 5.8 hectares. This area has now increased
to 7 hectares, and it appears that he has sold several hectares that
did not belong to him.
A judicial inquiry also under way into the legality of 140 sales contracts
for land in the area is looking into allegations that state land and
forest has been sold, reportedly with the involvement of authorities
on Elafonisos and a notary public in the nearby town of Neapoli, who
drew up most of the contracts, one of which concerns the exchange of
a property in Sparta for a 5,500 square meter plot on Elafonisos.