Marios Matsakis

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Marios Matsakis
Member of the European Parliament
In office
2004–2009
Personal details
Born (1954-08-02) August 2, 1954 (age 59)
Limassol
Political party -
Residence Pyrga, Cyprus
Profession Forensic Pathologist
Religion Orthodox Christian

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

After two years, 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]

Homophobic Stance[edit]

In 2008, while still a member of the European Parliament, Marios Matsakis asked not to be sent "offensive" emails. The "offensive" emails he was referring to was an invitation for an exhibition at the European Parliament for LGBT families. The email the MEP was offended by, had a picture depicting a mixed race family, alluring to his views. The MEP later complained to the president of the Europeans Parliament about posters being attached to the area around his office on the same exhibition.[7][8] Gay activists in Cyprus pointed the "hypocrisy" of Mr. Matsakis with his stance against "non-normal" families when his family situation included a child out of wedlock.[9]

In 2012 the ex-MEP further attacked the LGBT citizens of Cyprus while participating at the talk show "Tolmo" of TV station Sigma. Mr. Matsakis claimed that "homosexuality is not normal", while asserting there is no homophobia in Cyprus, despite the fact that several studies from the European Union, NGOs and other organizations termed Cyprus as one of the most homophobic nations on the European continent.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiery MEP to stand in Cyprus poll". ekathimerini.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Marios MATSAKIS MEP Profile". European Parliament. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Leonidou, John. "Anti-Drug Squad officer not guilty". Cyprus Mail. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  5. ^ Hazou, Elias (2007-08-22). "Matsakis calls for probe as cases against him collapse". Cyprus mail. 
  6. ^ Charalambous, Charlie (2007-08-24). "Matsakis vindicated in antiquities case - Chest and pots returned at Attorney Genera's orders". Cyprus Weekly. 
  7. ^ "ILGA-Europe’s position regarding statements by two MEPs and media coverage of the "Different Families, Same Love" exhibition at European Parliament". 
  8. ^ "ILGA defends gay family exhibition at Europarliament as second MEP complains". 
  9. ^ "Matsakis acknowledges son". Cyprus Mail. October 4, 1998. 
  10. ^ "Cyprus Family Planning Association". 
  11. ^ Ο ΦΙΛΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΟΣ. May 20, 2012 http://www.acceptcy.org/node/1386 |url= missing title (help). 
  12. ^ "Έντονα ομοφοβική η κυπριακή κοινωνία". Ο ΦΙΛΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΟΣ (p.16). May 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States: Part II - The Social Situation". European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). 
  14. ^ "Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation in the EU Member States Part I – Legal Analysis". European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). 
  15. ^ "Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in the EU Member States". European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). June 23, 2011. 

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