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Archbishop of Cyprus caught up in Malaysian financial/political scandal

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The head of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus has denied reports that his intervention helped Malaysian financier Jho Low obtain a Cypriot passport in 2015, saying he was merely responding to a property developer’s request for help.

The developer had asked the church to promote Low’s citizenship bid, Archbishop Chrysostomos II said.

“He told us he was building mansions on the land he bought from [the church],” he was quoted as saying by daily newspaper the Cyprus Mail.
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3036433/cypriot-bishop-denies-pushing-jho-low-get-eu-passport

For those not familiar with the 1MDB scandal, it's been a pretty big deal and played a major role in the 2018 elections in Malaysia. 
 

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What is it with the Hellenic world and misappropriation, tax evasion, etc.?
 

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Maybe it is because they are a Mediteranean culture and so have been involved in business and trading for generations like the Phoenicians were. Lots of business increases the chance for business problems.
 

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This is really specific to Cyprus and its various efforts in recent years to attract foreign investment with minimal questions asked.
 
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