TV presenter jailed for murdering her boss

TV presenter jailed for murdering her boss
Published: 2013 June 14 10:27:46 (12062 Views)
A former Cypriot TV presenter, her brother and two other men have been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering Cyprus' most prominent media baron.

Three judges sitting in the country's criminal court ruled that Elena Skordelli and her brother, Anastasios Krasopoullis, sought to kill 41-year-old Andy Hadjicostis.

The court heard the murder was carried out because Mr Hadjicostis stood in the way of Skordelli returning to work at the Sigma TV station after she was fired.

The siblings had also sought to gain a majority stake in the broadcaster, something Mr Hadjicostis - who managed the station - had vehemently opposed.

The court said the other two defendants, Andreas Gregoriou and Gregoris Xenofontos, had planned and executed the fatal shooting of Mr Hadjicostis outside his Nicosia home in January 2010.



The millionaire was shot twice from close range and died instantly.

During the three-year trial the court heard the TV journalist and her brother ordered the hit on Mr Hadjicostis for a fee of 50,000 euros (£42,400).

A detailed list of the amount of shares purchased by the siblings in the media group Sigma Radio TV was also revealed during the lengthy trial.

Under Cyprus law, premeditated murder carries an automatic life sentence.

Mr Hadjicostis was chief executive of the Dias media group - one of the island's largest - which owns Sigma TV, Radio Proto, the daily newspaper Simerini and other publications.

A large crowd gathered outside the Nicosia courthouse for the climax of the trail, with scuffles breaking out between police and relatives and friends of the accused.



Source - SkyNews

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