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Second suspect arrested over Napa shooting was gunman in 2012 gangland deaths (Update 2)

The scene of the shooting in Ayia Napa

A second suspect, serving five consecutive life sentences in the central prison for a 2012 shooting in Ayia Napa, was arrested and remanded on Friday suspected of being the mastermind in gangland shooting in the town last week.

The shooting last Sunday, left four people critically injured and targeted local businessman   Costas Kritikos.

The suspect, Demetris Mamalikopoulos, 37, was remanded for eight days following his formal arrest in the prison in connection with the specific case.

Also on Friday, police conducted an investigation of the central prison in search of a mobile-phone suspected of being used to facilitate communication between the shooting suspects.  However, the head of the prisons, Anna Aristotelous said the phone was not found in the suspect’s cell.

Police also said they are looking for a third suspect in the shooting, who is thought to have been the intermediary between Mamalikopoulos and the suspected shooter, 38, who was arrested in Larnaca on Monday.

The court heard the 38-year-old told police that Mamalikopoulos had detailed him on the operation and had arranged for the weapon used in the shooting to be delivered to him.

Mamalikopoulos provided the number plates of the cars used by the businessman, information on the venues he frequented, and photos so that the shooter could identify him, the court heard.

He is also suspected of organising the delivery of the automatic used in the attempt and a pistol. The pistol, loaded with five rounds, was found on Thursday in Ayia Napa.

Police said they had a written statement naming the suspect as the instigator of the attempt against Kritikos. The court heard he had given the 38-year-old the instructions and the means to commit the offence.

Police said the alleged gunman has admitted to watching the businessman’s movements in the past month on the instruction of Mamalikopoulos.

The two appeared to have used a phone app to communicate.

At 1.40am on Sunday a hooded man ran up to the cafe-bar Liquid on the busy Kryou Nerou street in Ayia Napa and unloaded a hail of bullets at people inside, CCTV footage showed.

Kritikos had left the cafe about 15 minutes before the shooting.

In a matter of seconds, the shooter fired 25 bullets from an automatic rifle, injuring a woman aged 26 and three men, two aged 38 and one 32. They had no relation to the target but were sitting at the next table.

The attacker then swiftly fled.

The injured persons are out of danger, but the woman had to undergo surgery at Nicosia general hospital.

Mamalikopoulos was one of two Greek hitmen who murdered five people on June 23, 2012.

The murder targeted another businessman, Phanos Kalopsidiotis. It happened around 3.30am in a central square of Ayia Napa. Fourteen shots were fired, killing five men, three Cypriots and two Romanians. Philippos Loucaides, 33, Marios Karaoli, 28, Giorgos Georgiou, 35, and Romanians Georgian Katalin Koman, 25, and Marcel Aourel Koleasa, 33, were the victims.

Four of them were Kalopsidiotis’ bodyguards. The Greek hitmen, Mamalikopoulos and Anastasios Tsehelides, who were caught right after the murders are serving five consecutive jail terms each, one for each of the killings.

Kalopsidiotis was finally gunned down in an Ayia Napa restaurant in June 2016 along with a police officer and his wife and one of two gunmen sent to shoot him. The second gunman is still at large.

 



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