Cyprus president visits home of murdered publisher

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias has strongly condemned the murder of a powerful publisher and visited the home of the victim’s family.

Christofias expressed his “abhorrence” Tuesday at the death of Andy Hadjicostis, the 41-year-old director of the Dias Group who was shot dead outside his home in central Nicosia.

Police spokesman Michalis Kastounotos say the victim was shot twice as he stepped out of his car late Monday. He says the gunman fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. No shell casings were found at the scene.

The Dias Group runs the private Sigma television station, the conservative daily Simerini, a popular radio station and over 25 other publications.