Man arrested in Moldova over murder of Cypriot tycoon

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Newsreader Ms Skordelli is accused of hiring someone to kill her former boss

A man suspected of carrying out the contract killing of a media tycoon in Cyprus has been arrested in Moldova.

Cypriot police believe Gregoris Xenofontos fired the shot which killed Andis Hadjicostis outside his villa in Nicosia in January.

Mr Xenofontos, 29, was arrested at his wife's house in northern Moldova.

A former newsreader sacked from a TV station owned by Mr Hadjicostis, 41, is currently on trial accused of arranging the murder.

Elena Skordelli, 42, her brother Tassos Krasopoulos, 37, and another man have pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder.

Mr Xenofontos allegedly flew to Moldova on 14 January, three days after the murder.

Cyprus has now begun extradition proceedings to bring him back to the island for trial.

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