Cyprus Mail

Man pleads not guilty to murder in broad daylight

A 36-year-old man from Latvia on Tuesday plead not-guilty to premediated murder and conspiracy charges in the killing of a Greek national in Limassol last February.

The man faces nine charges including conspiracy to commit murder and premediated murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence, in the killing of Ernesto Leonides, 47, who was shot dead in broad daylight at a Limassol restaurant on February 8.

The next hearing has been scheduled for June 29.

Leonides, a Greek national of Georgian extraction, was gunned down by three masked individuals who had walked into a tavern in Yermasogia while he was having lunch with friends.

The 36-year-old was arrested a few days after the murder when it emerged that he had arranged for the man believed to be one of the three shooters, a 31-year-old from Georgia, to arrive in Cyprus prior to the murder.

The Latvian admitted to being a close friend of the Georgian but denies taking part in the killing.

The 31-year-old is considered an extremely dangerous person by Interpol.

Police have also issued international arrest warrants for seven more suspects, six Georgians and a Russian.

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