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Police seeking more suspects in Napa club fracas  

Police are reportedly looking for other people involved in the attack on employees of Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian billionaire investor behind the company building the new Ayia Napa marina, after a 25-year-old was remanded for three days.

The attack, early last Friday, took place in the ‘Soho’ nightclub, which was owned by murdered businessman, Phanos Kalopsidiotis. The suspect was injured during his boss’ killing in June this year when gunmen opened fire in an Ayia Napa restaurant killing the businessman, a police officer and the latter’s wife. One of the gunmen was also killed in the incident.

The 25-year-old from Ormidia, who was arrested as a suspect in the beating of the 62-year-old Egyptian billionaire and his friends, maintained he was a customer at the club on the night of the incident. Police however say they have information that he was working there as a security guard, a role similar to that he carried out for Kalopsidiotis, receiving a bullet wound on the night of his killing.

Reports indicate that Sawiris was one of the injured in the incident, having gone to the club with around another 40 people to celebrate the setting of the cornerstone of the new marina later that day.

At some point during the revelling, one of the men in the company started dancing on a sofa to the dislike of a waiter who told the man off, something the Egyptian billionaire apparently took offence to, demanding explanations from the waiter and asking to speak to the manager to express his complaint.

At some point during the wrangling the waiter pushed Sawiris, with the latter reciprocating, leading to a wild brawl between the friends and associates of the Egyptian investor and employees of the nightclub. As a result of the quarrel, some seven or eight people from Sawiris group were transferred to hospital, where they received first aid.

The 25-year-old being held was identified by one of the injured as a person involved in the scrap.

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