POLICE on Thursday arrested three men, and were searching for two more, thought to be linked to the murder of a 40-year-old man in the Pyla area on March 1.
Giorgos Georgiou, aka Chiquito, was gunned down at around 8.45pm on the way to enter his house, located near the motorway exit to Pyla. He sustained two bullet wounds, one to the shoulder and one to the heart.
Authorities had recovered a 7.62mm calibre shell casing found in the area, and were looking for the second casing ejected from the weapon.
Police now have in custody a Russian national and two Greek Pontians. They have also issued arrests warrants for two more Greek Pontians.
The arrests reportedly came about after a man, a Greek Pontian, informed police that he had been approached by a group of men seeking to convince him not to testify in court in two criminal cases currently being tried in Larnaca and Nicosia courts.
The overtures were made to him between February and March 9, according to reports. The man was shown a bag containing €500 notes and was told the money was his if he agreed not to testify.
Police searched the homes of the persons named by the informant. In the house of one of the persons named, a Russian national, officers found weapons, including a pistol and a sawed-off shotgun.
The three persons under arrest will appear before a Larnaca court on Friday for their remand hearing. They are currently facing charges of witness tampering and illegal possession of firearms.