A 27-year-old man was killed during an attack on the home of Alexis Mavromichalis – aka Alexoui – in Strovolos, Nicosia on Tuesday night, police sources said.
The two perpetrators fired an anti-tank rocket and several rounds of bullets using an AK-47 rifle in the direction of the house before fleeing the scene.
Although Alexoui had been the intended target, he was unharmed by the attack as he had been inside the house. Instead, the perpetrators hit his security guard, who died shortly after he was rushed to the hospital.
Following the attack, police launched a hunt for a car seen leaving the scene and thought to belong to the perpetrators.
Alexoui was arrested in March 2014 upon his arrival from Athens at Larnaca airport. He was one of the island’s most wanted, having been linked to the attempted murder of Andreas Gregoriou in 2009, as well as the murder of Andis 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 both cases by Giorgos Zavrantonas, one of the prosecution witnesses in the Hadjicostis trial. Zavrantonas had been arrested in February 2014 for his participation in a shootout in Peristerona village. Zavrantonas had broken his parole; he was supposed to be abroad in the witness protection programme.
Alexoui was released without charges in May 2014, after Zavrantonas made clear that he wouldn’t appear in court to testify against him.
Last June, Alexoui was investigated for his role in the assassination of Yiannis Kalopsidiotis, father to businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis, but no evidence against him was found.
Yiannis Kalopsidiotis, 77, was killed outside his home in Paralimni after being shot in the chest. He was found dead by his wife who ran outside after him when she heard gunshots.
According to the police report, Kalopsidiotis went outside to check on his dogs when he was shot, possibly using a G3 military rifle, the kind issued to reservists to store at home.
The victim’s widow accused police of negligence, claiming that they had ignored threats on her husband’s life.