By Constantinos Psillides
A THIRTY-SIX year old wanted for his alleged involvement in two criminal cases was remanded in custody for three days by the Nicosia District Court yesterday, according to police spokesman Andreas Angelides.
Alexis Mavromichalis, aka ‘Alexoui’, was arrested on Tuesday upon his arrival from Athens at Larnaca airport. He was one of the island’s most wanted, having been implicated in the attempted murder of Andreas Gregoriou in 2009, as well as the murder of Antis Hadjicostis in 2010. Hadjicostis was the CEO of DIAS publishing group, a media company which owns the daily Simerini and the Sigma TV station. Gregoriou was later sentenced to life in prison for his role in the assassination of Hadjicostis.
Mavromichalis was implicated in these cases by Giorgos Zavrantonas, one of the prosecution witnesses in the Hadjicostis trial. Zavrantonas is also in custody, having broken his parole. He was supposed to be in a witness protection programme abroad but on February 28 he was arrested for his participation in a shootout in Peristerona village.
Asked whether these two cases would be reopened, Angelides said that police investigators will assess all evidence and statements available and decide on how to best handle the case, in cooperation with the Republic’s Law Office.
Asked about the credibility of Zavrantonas as a witness, Angelides said that over the next three days the police will be assessing all evidence regarding the case.
The police spokesman refuted claims by Mavromichalis’ lawyer, who reportedly said in court that the two warrants for his client were never issued. Angelides added that the Legal Services have already addressed the issue when it was first raised by the lawyer, by replying to two of his letters.