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Police seek eight people in relation to February murder

Police said on Tuesday said they are searching or the whereabouts of eight people believed to be involved in the murder last February of Ernest Leonides, 47, in Limassol after a Georgian man was arrested last week.

The eight suspects are: Lasha Okmelashvili, 33, from Georgia; Aleksi Gambarashvili, 29, from Georgia; Piruz Kavleashvili, also known as Piruzi Muresan, 31, from Georgia; Sergo Aslanishvili, 28, from Georgia; Lerik Muradov, 29, from Russia; Dimokritos Magdalianov, 48, from Georgia; Roland Beniaidze, 36, from Georgia; and Vakhtang Mangoshvili, 36, also from Georgia.

A 57-year-old man from Georgia was remanded in custody last week. He had been extradited from Bulgaria where he was arrested a month ago while trying to travel to Belarus.

The 57-year-old was one of two individuals having lunch with Leonides at a Limassol restaurant on February 8 when he was gunned down by three shooters wearing masks. The suspect is considered extremely dangerous and is also wanted in Greece and Georgia.

Police told the court last week they had evidence suggesting a Russian crime ring was behind the killing and that nine people were still sought in the case, including a 31-year-old Georgian man believed to be one of the hitmen.

Leonides was believed to be the person controlling a Georgian ring in Cyprus involved in burglaries and thefts and he was apparently eliminated after a dispute with the Russians over the way he handled business.

Police urge anyone who may possess any information to call the Limassol CID at 25 805057, or the nearest police station, or the Citizen Hotline at 1460. Photos of all can be found at

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