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Cyprus Orders Razing Two Stories Unlawfully Built by Developers

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People walk during a heatwave at Ledra Street, a popular shopping thoroughfare in the medieval core of capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The top two stories of the Sun City Project in the Ayia Thekla area of Cyprus, built in violation of a permit limiting the structure to five, will have to be demolished, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said.

An enforcement notice will be issued by the town planning department to the company responsible he said, according to the Cyprus Mail which reported it will require meeting an environmental impact assessment.

Former lawmaker Christakis Giovanis' Giovani Group is involved the project next to a marina, the decision coming days after he quit following the showing of a secret video by the Al Jazeera news site showing him offering to help someone pretending to be a Chinese investor with a criminal record get a Golden Visa.

The five-star resort received permission for seven levels which was for a basement and ground floor and then five stories above that built seven in violation of its permit.

Even that was suspect, said the newspaper Phileleftheros, reporting that the land on which it was built is within a tourist zone of the Sotiria Municipality where only hotels up to five levels, or three stories about a basement and ground floor are permitted to be constructed.