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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Defence in media trial calls for suspicion to be directed elsewhere ]

Defence in media trial calls for suspicion to be directed elsewhere

THE defence in the trial for the murder of media owner Andis Hadjicostis yesterday accused authorities of not investigating the possibility of his wife’s ex being involved in the 2010 killing.

Michalakis Kyprianou, defending former television presenter Elena Skordeli, suggested that police had not carried out an in-depth investigation into the relations between Hadjicostis’ wife, Efi Papaioannou with her ex, Thomas Vasilis.

While cross-examining police officer Thomas Efthimiou, Kyprianou told him he had turned a blind eye, under pressure from public opinion formed by the media.

Efthimiou denied the defence’s suggestions.

“I am sorry on your behalf,” Efthimou said. “It is not enough that an innocent man was killed, you are pinning the murder anywhere you want.”

Efthimiou told the court that he has a statement from Papaioannou in which she says that the differences with her ex had been resolved.

To reinforce his point, Kyprianou presented a 2010 document from the family court relating to the differences between the former couple.

The document was later withdrawn.

The document prompted the reaction of prosecutor Elena Kleopa who wondered how the defence had gained access to family court papers.

“If the defence attorney aims at pinning the murder on the biological father of the victim’s children, they must think carefully because these children have rights too,” Kleopa said.

Hadjicostis, the owner of the Dias media group, was shot twice at close range outside his house in Engomi, Nicosia, in January 2010.

Skordelli and her brother Tasos Krasopoulis allegedly masterminded the murder, with the help of two other defendants: Andreas Gregoriou and Grigoris Xenophontos.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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