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Palestinian ex-diplomat shot dead in Nicosia (update 3)

A FORMER Palestinian diplomat  was shot dead by his son in their home in Nicosia on Friday, police said.

The incident took place in the Archangelos area at around 1.30 pm.

The 39-year-old, who is said to be suffering from mental problems, shot his 70-year-old father who was ill and bedridden.

According to Nicosia police chief Demetris Demetriou the son had been treated abroad for his mental health problems.

Neighbours heard the gunshot and called police.

The wife of the victim was in the house on her own, Demetriou said, as her other son was elsewhere.

When officers arrived at the scene they found the 39-year-old standing on the balcony. He did not resist arrest.

The son’s motives were not immediately clear, though police were looking into whether there was any connection with the victim’s illness.

It is understood that the elderly man was paralysed.

“We are examining the circumstances surrounding the death in connection with the health problems the father was facing,” Demetriou said.

The victim had served as the charge d’affairs of the Palestinian authority in Cyprus between 1975 and 2008.

Police said they will release the name on Saturday.

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