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Albanian tormented by 8-year-old crime

An Albanian man turned up at Greece’s Krystallopigi border post on Sunday and, seeking out Greek officials, confessed to the murder of a 71-year-old man in central Athens in 1993. Eduard Leka, 28, said he had fled to Albania in 1995 but had been tormented by the crime he had committed and said that his conscience would not let him rest until he had confessed. Real-estate agent Giorgos Tsandilas had been found in a pool of blood in his ransacked ground-floor apartment on central Filis Street in October 1993. Police suspected that a foreigner had killed Tsandilas during a burglary as no match was ever found for the fingerprints found in the apartment. Eight years later, Leka turned up at the Krystallopigi police station and in tears, said he wanted to pay for his crime. His fingerprints were found to match those at the crime scene. Talks are held on neutral ground in the UN buffer zone at Nicosia’s international airport, which has been abandoned since the Turkish invasion of 1974. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s special envoy for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, is attending the talks.