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Petros Clerides

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Nationality  Cypriot
Term  2005-13
Board member of  RCB Bank
Education  Pancyprian Gymnasium
Successor  Costas Clerides
Born  20 February 1946 (age 71) (1946-02-20) Nicosia, Cyprus
Title  Former attorney general of Cyprus
Alma mater  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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Petros Clerides (born 20 February 1946) is the former attorney general of Cyprus. He resigned in 2013, after widespread criticism of his handling of high-profile cases.


Personal life

Petros Clerides was born on 20 February 1946 in Nicosia. He was educated at the Pancyprian Gymnasium, and the University of Athens, where he graduated in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in Law.


Clerides was appointed deputy attorney general of Cyprus in 2000, and attorney general in 2005, resigned in June 2016, effective in September, and was replaced with Supreme Court judge Costas Clerides.

Clerides had faced calls to resign after reports that he had used his position to have a drink-driving prosecution against his son suspended. His son was over the alcohol limit, and the car did not have an MOT or road tax. Clerides "openly admitted on television that he had used his nolle prosequi powers to drop charges against his son related to driving offences."

Clerides was also criticised for his handling of the 2005 Helios air crash and Mari explosion trials, and over comments he made about an attempt to publicly seize a ministerial car for an unpaid government debt.

Personal life

He is married to Danae Michaelidou, and they have two sons, both of whom are lawyers.


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