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Hadjicostis Murder Trial - Hearings

andi hadjicostisA packed courtroom in Nicosia Criminal Court listened closely to two police photographers who testified in the Andy Hadjicostis murder trial today.

Defendants Elena Skordelli, Tassos Krasopoulis, Andreas Gregoriou and Gregoris Xenophonotos looked exhausted and worried as photographs from the murder scene and the morgue were examined. Relatives from both sides were present at the hearings which are set to continue tomorrow.

The trial of four defendants charged with the premeditated murder of DIAS media group CEO Andy Hadjicostis resumed October 25th with all four denying the charges.

A fourth suspect who was extradited to Cyprus from Moldova joined the other three suspects on trial for murdering Hadjicostis. Gregoris Xenophontos says he is innocent of being involved in the contract killing of Hadjicostis, according to his lawyer Robertos Vrachimis.

He arrived back in Cyprus after Moldovan authorities approved his extradition to stand trial for the murder. Xenophontos fled to Moldova after Andy Hadjicostis was shot to death on the night of January 11th. He was implicated in the killing by an alleged accomplice, Fanos Theophanous, who made a full confession to police when he and three other suspects were arrested.

The other suspects on trial are 42-year-old Elena Skordelli, her brother Tassos Krassopoulis and Andreas Gregoriou, who have been charged with conspiring and executing the murder. The prosecution alleges that the plan was made in order to gain control of SIGMA TV in which Skordelli has a 20 percent shareholding. She allegedly wanted revenge after being fired from her job as a presenter at the station.

Theophanous is in the witness protection programme, while the four defendants are being held in custody.

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