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Kalopsidiotis’ father killed in Paralimni

THE father of Famagusta businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis was shot dead Friday night outside his home in Paralimni.

According to Famagusta police spokesman Giorgos Economou, police were called to the scene after shots were heard at around 9.30pm, where they found the 77-year-old Ioannis Theophanous, alias Kalopsidiotis, dead outside his home.

The police spokesman said Theophanous was in his house with his wife when at around 9.30pm, he went out to switch off the lights.

On walking outside, he was shot and killed.

Around two hours after the killing, investigators were still at the scene of the crime, waiting for the state pathologist to show up.

Economou could not give any more information at time of going to press.

The victim’s son, Phanos Kalopsidiotis, is believed to have been the target of hit men in the past.

On June 23, 2012, five men– three Greek Cypriots and two Romanians – were shot dead on a side street in the heart of Ayia Napa’s nightclub scene, near the popular Red Square bar.

Four of the victims were working for Phanos Kalopsidiotis, who Famagusta police believe was the culprits’ real target.

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