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Brothers ‘who threatened Pyla victim’ in custody

Police say that two brothers – who are believed to have tried to influence witnesses in the ongoing Pyla murder investigation – have turned themselves in to the authorities.

The two suspects – aged 43 and 45 – had been sought by investigators in connection with murder of Pyla resident Georgios Georgiou, aka Chicito, outside his home on March 1. They turned themselves in at Larnaca CID at around 9pm accompanied by the lawyer.

They are both expected to appear before a Larnaca magistrate on Wednesday where police are expected to request to keep them in remand while investigations continue.

They are currently under investigation for conspiracy to commit a crime, perverting the course of justice, influencing witnesses and illegal possession of weapons. A witness had previously told investigators that the brothers were two of five men who had threatened Georgiou into agreeing to accept €500,000 and to sign a document in which he would not turn state witness in a trial involving arson attacks on two betting shops.

The other three men are said to be two Russian nationals – aged 52 and 57 – and a 30-year-old Georgian. They were arrested on March 10 and have been in police custody since then.

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