The so called island-wide raids took place in the first week of December 2014 and all they achieved was:
- 10 computers in Paphos modified for Gambling
- 9 individuals charged for gambling
- 2 arrested in connection with a case of prostitution
- 38 tickets issued in connection with various cases of indoor smoking and disturbing the peace.
- 64 playing cards and 229 playing chips were seized as evidence
There seems to be a double standard here. One the one side the Government is planning to open Casino's on the Island, thus creating the desire for the behavior, but on the other hand they sanction costly resources to catch petty criminals that partake in the behavior they encouraged (directly or indirectly). No doubt the elevated fines involved will cover the costs and more besides (part of the plan), but what is the purpose of the exercise for the people involved, who are made criminals for their habits by design?
People trafficking, under age prostitution, preventing Burglary (currently poor) or theft of private property and other real crimes that affect people in their homes and keep the public truly safe are more noble causes than the above weak attempt to gain some publicity and money about .
We would like to suggest that the Police investigate and raid the Political class of Cyprus to discover a greater scoop of financial and corruption crimes, which negatively impact on the country. For example they could start by investigating what happened to the hundreds of millions that were transferred outside the country prior to the haircut and money controls.
The reality however in Cyprus and most countries for that matter, is that the Police take their orders and serve the Political class and not the public's best interests!