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Government joins condemnation of shooting at DISY leader’s home

The government on Friday condemned the attack against ruling DISY leader Averof Neophytou’s Paphos holiday home, which was shot at a couple of weeks ago but no official report was issued.

The incident reportedly took place on July 30 but it was kept under wraps as police and the secret service looked into it.

Neophytou himself did not want the incident to be made public, a report said.

On Friday, the government and President Nicos Anastasiades condemned the shooting.

“Such criminal incidents undermine democracy, society and legal order,” deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said in a statement.

“Safeguarding democracy is the top priority for the president and the government.”

The incident was condemned by House President Yiannakis Omirou, DISY, the Greens, EVROKO, and socialists EDEK.

Omirou said the incident “constitutes an act of undermining democratic institutions and an attempt of political destabilisation.”

Politis, the newspaper that broke the story on Thursday, said no one was inside the house in Argaka at the time of the shooting.

Two shots were fired at the home’s west side, the report said.

The bullets pierced the glass door and lodged in the dining room wall.

The damage was noticed by the gardener who notified Neophytou in Nicosia.

The newspaper said the secret service also got involved in the investigation of the incident.

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou could not say which direction the police investigation had taken.

The minister added that Neophytou had not asked for additional security.

“Additional measures will be taken if necessary,” Nicolaou said.

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