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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-08-22

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  • [01] Murder attempt - Limassol
  • [02] Morphou elections - new Bishop

  • 1155:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Murder attempt - Limassol

    Nicosia, Aug 22 (CNA) -- A murder attempt occurred in the southern coastal town of Limassol early today, just four days after another suspected gangland attack in the area.

    Evangelos Christodoulou, alias Angeli, 35, from Limassol, a nightclub owner, was shot twice as he was crossing the road, accompanied by two artistes and a friend.

    He was wounded in the left arm and shoulder. His condition has been described as serious.

    Police arrested Saturday Christakis Petrou Charalambous, alias Patataris, 35, from Limassol, in connection with the case.

    A Police spokesman told CNA that Patataris might be involved in the murder attempt against Angeli.

    The shooting was the second suspected gangland attack in less than a week.

    On August 17 a nightclub owner in Limassol was seriously wounded during a bomb explosion.

    Police had described Charalambos Neoptolemou alias Lemis, 29, as "a man involved in the business of the night".

    On July 31, Andros Aeroporos, 32 of Kolossi village, was killed as he was leaving Angeli's nightclub. Ten days later, gunmen sprayed a car belonging to 31 year old Loucas Fanieros, with automatic weapon fire in Larnaca, on the southeast coast. Fanieros and another two persons escaped unharmed.

    Last night's shooting is seen as part of a long-running feud between underworld gangs vying for control of lucrative gambling, prostitution and drugs rackets.

    CNA EC/AA/1998

    [02] Morphou elections - new Bishop

    Nicosia, Aug 22 (CNA) -- A 38 year old Archimandrite was elected Bishop of the partly Turkish occupied bishopric of Morphou, which was vacant since February 1996.

    Archimandrite Neofytos Masouras was elected with an overwhelming majority of 62 members of the Holy Synod, the abbots of monasteries and elected representatives, during voting at the Archbishopric this morning. Only one member voted against and another abstained.

    He replaces Bishop Chrysanthos who died on January 20, 1996 after a heart attack.

    In statements, the new Bishop said his work will be multi-faceted, "it will be spiritual, national and social".

    He thanked the people of Morphou for their love and said it will help him achieve his three goals.

    After the voting, members of the Holy Synod and the other representatives attended a special service at St. John's cathedral.

    The official enthronement of the Bishop will take place on September 13 at the Evangelismos church in Pallouriotissa.

    The post remained vacant following the row which erupted over the candidature of Archimandrite Pangratios Meraklis, who was the favourite of the people of Morphou.

    Archbishop Chrysostomos' support for the candidature of Archimandrite George Papachrysostomou sparked unprecedented violent clashes at the Archbishopric between police and supporters of Meraklis after he appeared before the Holy Synod to answer charges of immoral behaviour.

    Masouras, from the Turkish occupied village of Zodia, has law and theology degrees.

    Together with other priests, they formed the monastery of St. George of Mavrovouniou at Troulous village in the eastern coast of the island.

    CNA EC/AA/1998
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