NICOSIA, April 30 (Reuters) – One day last October, a memory
stick containing special software for deleting data was placed
into a desktop computer at Bank of Cyprus.
Within minutes, 28,000 files were erased, according to
investigators who had wanted to copy the data for an official
report into the collapse of the Cypriot banking system.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus’s parliament decides on Tuesday whether to back a bailout imposed by its EU partners, with approval likely from a thin majority against mounting calls for the island to exit the euro.
Lawmakers were due to meet in an extraordinary session at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) to ratify the terms of the aid, which is conditional on Cyprus winding down its second-largest bank and slapping heavy losses on uninsured depositors in another.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus is not giving priority to a sale of gold reserves under the international bailout agreed this month and is still exploring all options to meet its side of the deal, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said in an interview.
Georgiades also said he anticipated currency controls, imposed after a chaotic bailout last month and which led to a lockdown of the banking system for 15 days would be eased in “days or weeks”.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus said on Friday it would seek further diversity to its economy and focus on developing its offshore energy reserves as it struggles to rally from the austerity inflicted by an international financial bailout.
The Mediterranean island faces the prospect of a double-digit contraction in growth over the next two years after bank savers were forced to pay for the recapitalization of its two largest banks, heavily exposed to debt-crippled Greece.
NICOSIA, April 16 (Reuters) – The governor of Cyprus’s
central bank failed to regulate its now-crippled banking system
effectively, the island’s president Nicos Anastasiades said in a
letter to ECB chief Mario Draghi.
Deepening a row between the government and central bank,
Anastasiades attacked Panicos Demetriades, who was appointed as
governor last year, for what he said was sustaining an insolvent
bank using a European Central Bank cash lifeline.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus said on Friday that an increase in the cost of its total bailout package to about 23 billion euros would not lead to more money being taken from depositors in the country’s banks.
Cyprus has been thrown into economic turmoil. The terms of its bailout have forced massive losses on depositors at two of its biggest banks – one of which will be wound down altogether. The government is also piling pressure on the central bank governor to quit.
NICOSIA, April 11 (Reuters) – ECB President Mario Draghi has
cautioned Cyprus that an investigation against the governor of
its central bank, a move that could lead to his dismissal, may
violate EU law and could land the island in the European Court
Cyprus’s parliament said on Wednesday it would launch an
inquiry into whether Governor Panicos Demetriades, a member of
the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, withheld
information from legislators in an investigation into the
island’s now-collapsed banking system.
NICOSIA, April 5 (Reuters) – Regulators asked Cyprus’s
largest bank to provide information about its ultimately
disastrous holdings of Greek debt as long as three years ago but
got no immediate response and did not follow up, an external
A report seen by Reuters said that the recent investigation
was hampered by “unnecessary delays” in getting documentation
from commercial Bank of Cyprus – one of the banks at
the centre of Cyprus’s international bailout – and that some
computers at the bank may have been wiped.
NICOSIA, April 4 (Reuters) – Public shock in Cyprus about
the tough terms of an international bailout is turning into
anger as millions of euros remain locked in the country’s banks.
Cypriots were stunned by last month’s collapse of its
second-biggest lender, Popular Bank, and a decision to slap
losses on large deposits at the Bank of Cyprus in return for
financial aid from the European Union and IMF.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Supreme Court judges will launch an investigation on Thursday into almost a decade of financial profligacy which brought Cyprus to its knees last month, with a mandate from the head of state to give his own affairs special attention.
Retired judges Georghios Pikis, Panayiotis Kallis and Yiannakis Constantinides were appointed this week by newly elected President Nicos Anastasiades; he has asked them to investigate who might bear “criminal, civil and political” responsibility for events from 2006 which ultimately forced the closure of the island’s second largest bank and imposed big losses on depositors in its largest in return for a bailout.