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Marios Matsakis (born August 2, 1954 in Limassol) is a Cypriot politician and former Member of the European Parliament for the Democratic Party, and sat with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group. Although a medical doctor by profession, he became involved in politics in the mid-1990s and has sparked controversy on several occasions. Marios Matsakis announced on 29 December 2007 that he would run for president in the 2008 Cypriot presidential elections. He gained 0.77% coming fourth behind the three main candidates.[1]

Education

He graduated from the University of London in 1976 with a B.Sc. in microbiology and was awarded a Ph.D in biochemistry in 1981. He was awarded his medical degree from the University of Cambridge in 1984 and specialised in forensic medicine at the University of Glasgow where he was awarded an MPhil in 1992.[2] He then moved to Greece where he continued his studies in forensic pathology. He returned to Cyprus in 1994. At first he assumed a position in the medical field but he soon became interested in politics and was elected as an MP in 1996.
Smuggling claims

On 30 October 2005, Cyprus Mail, a leading newspaper, reported that Matsiakis' home in Pyrga had been raided twice during the week by police and CID officials. Matsakis will be accused of smuggling antiquities. The newspaper described the raid with the words (quote) Enough chests, amphoras and other artifacts for three antique stores were yesterday hauled away from the Pyrga home of MEP Marios Matsakis by police, in the second such raid in a week. (unquote). The first raid took place on 23 October 2005. Matsiakis can be prosecuted under Cypriot law, as the European Parliament lifted his immunity earlier in the month.

Matsakis will also be charged with attempts to blackmail a Drug Squard officer in an unrelated case. Police officials found more than 110 chests and hundreds of Grecian urns on his property.[3]

At all times Matsakis was claiming to be innocent. He also said that "It looks like some people do not want my voice to be heard in Cyprus or Europe".[4]
Inquiry of Allegations

Cyprus mail reported on 22 Aug 2007 that all cases against Dr. Matsakis collapsed and the name of maverick MEP Marios Matsakis has finally been cleared. The MEP called for an independent inquiry to examine possible Police irregularities and to identify suspected political motives for the initiation of the whole affair which started only 3 days after Dr. Matsakis was elected as a Member of the European Parliament representing Cyprus.[5]
Vindication

After two years of having his name dragged through the mud, MEP Marios Matsakis emerged vindicated this week after the authorities returned 250 items that were confiscated from his home. The Attorney General of Cyprus after studying the case decided that no charge could be brought against Dr. Matsakis and all items seized from his home 2 years ago were returned to him.[6]
2005 Lowering the Turkish flag in Louroujina

Marios Matsakis on November 2005 went to a Turkish military post and removed the Turkish flag. He was arrested on 31 December by the police of Turkish Cypriots but he was finally released after signing a document saying that he will appear to the Turkish Cypriot Court few days later. He never showed up.


Marios Matsakis on November 2005 went to a Turkish military post and removed the Turkish flag. He was arrested on 31 December by the outlaw police of Turkish Cypriots but he was finally released after signing a document saying that he will appear to the outlaw Turkish Cypriot court few days later. He never showed up.
References

^ ekathimerini.com | Fiery MEP to stand in Cyprus poll
^ "Marios MATSAKIS MEP Profile". European Parliament. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
^ Leonidou, John (October 30, 2005). "Matsakis raided for the second time". Cyprus Mail. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
^ Leonidou, John. "Anti-Drug Squad officer not guilty". Cyprus Mail. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
^ Hazou, Elias (2007-08-22). "Matsakis calls for probe as cases against him collapse". Cyprus mail.
^ Charalambous, Charlie (2007-08-24). "Matsakis vindicated in antiquities case - Chest and pots returned at Attorney Genera's orders". Cyprus Weekly.

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