Skordelli Desperate to Control SigmaTV - Witnesses
Murder defendant Elena Skordelli was desperate to control SigmaTV and according to the latest witnesses in the Andy Hadjicostis murder trial, she tried to buy up a majority stake through financial services company Yianni Athienitis, reports Sigmalive.com.
The court heard that Elena Skordelli felt under pressure from loans she had taken to buy a 22 percent stake in the television company. She was determined to buy up over 50 percent in shares so that she could control the board of directors, said George Fokas, the owner of Athienitis financial services company.
He said that Skordelli complained about being fired from her job as a presenter at SigmaTV and was attempting to buy more shares so that she could get control of the company.
She felt that an injustice had been done to her and tried to buy a further 17 percent stake with shares belonging to Rhea Andronicou, said Fokas.
In other testimony, current CEO of the DIAS media group George Michail said that he had been in daily contact with Andy Hadjicostis, who never said anything about his life being threatened. SigmaTV is part of the DIAS group.
The trial continues on March 21st.
Four Defendants on Trial for Hadjicostis' Murder
Four people are on trial for Hadjicostis' murder; Tassos Krassopoulis; his sister and ex-Sigma TV presenter Elena Skordelli; Andreas Gregoriou; and Gregoris Xenophontos. All four have pleaded not guilty to the January 11th, 2010 killing in which Hadjicostis was shot twice in the chest as he was getting out of his car to go to his Nicosia home.
The prosecution alleges that Skordelli was angry at Hadjicostis for edging her out of her job as a presenter at Sigma TV, particularly since she is a 22 percent shareholder in the station.
She and her brother planned the killing to get rid of Hadjicostis and take over Sigma TV themselves, says the prosecution. The prosecution's case is largely based on a full confession by suspect Fanos Hadjigeorgiou, who has been put in the witness protection programme and will not stand trial.
Skordelli, Krassopoulis, Xenophontos and Gregoriou have been held in jail since the beginning of the trial.