Israeli businessmen targeted by assassination attempts in Cyprus

Israeli businessmen have recently been the target of assassination attempts in Cyprus, Cypriot news site Kathimerini reported last week.
According to the report, a 38-year-old Russian national of Azeri descent is suspected of plotting to assassinate a number of Israeli businessmen living in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia.

The case is being kept secret due to national security concerns, according to Kathimerini.

At least some of the targeted businessmen were reportedly informed of the plot by intelligence services and managed to escape the country in time.

Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi, founder of Playtech and SafeCharge companies, was rescued from an assassination attempt in Cyprus after the security establishment in Cyprus warned him of the planned assassination, Walla News reported on Sunday .

The assassination was allegedly planned because of Sagi’s debts to his Russian partners, who sold the debts to the Russian Mafia. Sagi had already served several months in prison for corruption and fraud.

The Teddy Sagi group called the incident an “Iranian terrorist attempt”, adding that Sagi was not the target, but the Israelis in Cyprus were.

“It is unfortunate that it is so easy to publish false information and damage someone’s name,” the group added.

The police are looking for other suspects or accomplices in the case. It is not yet clear what the motive for the planned killings was.

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