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Bailiffs strike over suspect arrest.

Bailiffs went on strike for an hour on Tuesday morning condemning an incident over the weekend where one of their colleagues was arrested after delivering court papers to a Limassol policeman.

The policeman had allegedly been avoiding the bailiff for weeks and had him arrested for trespass. According to the report of events police has received however, the bailiff did not trespass but merely knocked on the door.

Hailing police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou's decision to order an investigation concerning abuse of power, the association of bailiffs standing outside the Limassol district court thanked him for the move and sought to stress the day to day dangers they face when doing their job.

"Knocking the door to do our job, we don't know who will open and what will follow," Marinos Vasiliou said on behalf of his colleagues.

Condemning Saturday's incident, he added what happened was "unacceptable" and his colleague was doing his job, following the rules.

Vasiliou sought to question if the man receiving the court papers was not a policeman, to what extent police would have been so zealous in the bailiff's arrest.

Chairman of the Limassol bar association Andreas Michaelides condemned any actions that prevented bailiffs from doing their job and proposed that "at least in cases where bailiffs believe there is some risk that they will be attacked, it would be good if they could be accompanied by the police."

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Publication:Cyprus Mail (Cyprus)
Date:Oct 20, 2015
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