Cyprus MP quits in wake of passports-for-sale scandal | Europe

A Cypriot MP who was involved in selling passports to criminals has quit as the country races to stem the fallout following an undercover investigation by Al Jazeera.

Christakis Giovanis, also known in Cyprus as Giovani, resigned on Tuesday, hours after Cyprus announced it would abolish its controversial citizenship-through-investment scheme.

The moves follow Al Jazeera’s The Cyprus Papers Undercover investigation, which was broadcast on Monday and showed how Giovanis was willing to help a convicted money launderer obtain a passport, even though a criminal conviction should disqualify an applicant.

“I submit my resignation as AKEL MP. I also submit my resignation as a member of the central AKEL committee and all other positions in the party,” Giovani’s statement read.

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