CEO of Greek Cyprus media group murdered

Andis Hadjicostis, the chief executive of one of Greek Cyprus's largest media groups, was murdered on Monday evening, police said.

CEO of Greek Cyprus media group murdered

Andis Hadjicostis, the chief executive of one of Greek Cyprus's largest media groups, was murdered outside his home in Nicosia on Monday evening, police said.

"Two shots were heard and the victim was found dead outside his home" in a suburb of the capital, Greek police spokesman Michalis Katsounodos said. "It is believed there were two assailants."

The area outside Hadjicostis's home was cordoned off and police were conducting enquiries, Katsounodos said.

Reports suggested the killers lay in wait for Hadjicostis and shot him as he got out of his vehicle, within close distance of the U.S. embassy in Nicosia.

After firing two shots which hit him in his chest and back, they fled the scene on a high-powered motorcycle.

Hadjicostis, 42, was CEO of the Dias Media Group, which ran Sigma, a highly successful private television station, a newspaper, a radio station and a host of magazines. The group was founded by his father Costis Hadjicostis, the present Dias chairman.

Cypriot parliamentary speaker Marios Garoyan condemned the killing.

Sigma interrupted its normal programming and was playing classical music for most of the evening. The station is known for its investigative reporting.

Police did not say what the motive for the killing may have been but said the investigation was still at an early stage.


Reuters




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