By Constantinos Psillides
One of Cyprus’ most wanted, Alexis Mavromichalis aka Alexoui (local slang for “Little Alex”) was arrested on Monday night at Larnaca airport, according to the police.
Alexoui eluded arrest for four years, since he was wanted for the attempted murder of Andreas Grigoriou aka the Butcher by allegedly planting a bomb in his car on December 25, 2009.
Grigoriou was one of those convicted in the murder of Andis Hadjicostis, son of the owner of Sigma TV on January 11, 2010. Grigoriou was sentenced to life imprisonment, along with three others.
According to the police report, Alexoui was arrested at 10pm after arriving from Athens. He was arrested on charges of conspiring to commit a felony, attempted murder and destroying property via explosives.
The return of Alexoui is more likely connected to the re-emergence of Giorgos Zavrantonas, who was injured in a shoot-out at Peristerona village on February 28.
Zavrantonas was in a witness protection programme and he was believed to be abroad. Zavrantonas was a key witness in the Hadjicostis case, where he testified that he and Alexoui were “good friends” and that acting under his orders spied on Grigoriou to learn information on their plan to murder Hadjicostis. Zavrantonas had also testified that Alexoui told him that he considered Grigoriou “an enemy and a serious threat”.
Alexoui is expected to appear before court later on Tuesday.