Two men, aged 29 and 41, were taken to Korydallos prison on suspicion of involvement in a quintuple homicide on the island of Cyprus. The crime was committed in the region of Ayia Napa and four cameras of commercial sites around the scene of assassination recorded it frame by frame. The victims were three Cypriots and two Romanians, who had worked as security guards for a local businessman. According to initial information, it concerned the settling of accounts in the "underground" world of the Big Island, as the Greeks call it.
The records of the incident show three people with caps. The attackers blocked the way of the car, it crashed and they consistently shot the victims with a bullet in the chest and a bullet in the head. Currently, police are seeking the third individual who took part in the attack.
The recording shows how the assailants intercepted the car of the victims; it left the road and crashed into the rear of a parked car. Then, they shot and fled to a car, which was parked about 50 metres away from the incident. The murders had been carried out in seven seconds, police said. There were 14 shots from a nine-millimetre gun barrel. A rental car was parked a little further down the street, which was the means to flee from the place of shooting. While one of the perpetrators was running, he lost his cap, which covered his face. So, his features became clear to the police as well as the fact that he had long hair.
The first two suspects arrested are open supporters of anarchist movements in Greece and old acquaintances of the police. The defendant aged 29 was arrested three times by police representatives for his participation in civil unrest and is currently released on conditional freedom after the defeat in Athens on 17 November 2010. His associate, 41, has a long police record, one of his greatest offences being smuggling cocaine by boat several years ago. Moreover, according to the police report, he took an active part in the riots in Berlin five years ago during the G8 meeting, when German authorities arrested him.
Perpetrators’ inattention, self-reliance or simple thoughtlessness have helped the police to gather quite a few clues that led to the discovery of the perpetrators. The first one is that the men with criminal records hired the car by which they escaped from the crime scene with their real names. They did the same when registering in the hotel, which is about 100 metres away from the place of shooting. A cigarette butt with the DNA of the younger offender was also found at the scene of the murder.
Currently, police are investigating who had ordered the assassination and hired the Athens anarchists to commit it. Cypriot government officials believe that it was a case of settling accounts in the underground circles, dealing with illegal gambling and other underground activities. The attacker aged 29 was arrested in a building occupied by anarchists and located in the metropolitan district of Exarcheia, whereas the police arrested his associate, 41, minutes before he got on the ferry from Piraeus port to indulge in a summer vacation.