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Minister calls for patience over Ayia Napa killing

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou has called for patience after comments from an opposition MP who accused him of shying away from responsibility following the recent slaying in Ayia Napa that left four people dead.

Speaking to reporters, Nicolaou said it was too premature to comment on the ongoing investigation into the shock killing that took place in the busy summer resort of Ayia Napa and resulted in the death of local businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis, an off duty police officer and his wife as well as the alleged shooter – said to be an Albanian national.

A second Albanian is currently wanted by police for questioning in connection with the attack.

Opposition party Akel and its MP Aristos Damianou recently issued an announcement asking why Nicolaou appeared to have “disappeared in the last couple of days” and why he appeared to be evading the issue.

“I believe that it is best that those particular questions are answered by the outcome of the ongoing investigations by the relevant authorities,” he said.

“Nobody is shying away from this investigation or the responsibilities of this case. But it would be premature and useless to make comments because all the necessary investigations have taken place for such a serious case.”

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