MP’s guard charged in killing plot

Seven people have been charged, including the police bodyguard of a PASOK MP, after a falling out between two business partners led to the one allegedly hiring hit men to kill the other and several associates, Athens police said yesterday. The two unnamed men owned an advertising firm, but fell out when one accused the other of cheating him out of 300,000 euros when he sold his stake in the company. The sole owner is then said to have begun threatening his former partner. The owner contacted the guard of Socialist MP Yiannis Koutsoukos to find people to keep tabs on the other man, police said, but when he was put in touch with two petty criminals, he allegedly offered them 60,000 euros to murder his former partner, his associate and his two accountants. However, the ex-shareholder contacted the police some two months ago after receiving threats; during their investigation, officers discovered the alleged murder plot and arrested the two would-be assassins. The other five people facing criminal charges include the business owner and the police guard.

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