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Greek orthodox priest shot in Lyon victim of jealous husband

The Greek Orthodox priest shot last week in the French city of Lyon was the victim of a jealous husband rather than an Islamic terrorist, Le Parisien reported on Saturday.

Greek orthodox priest shot in Lyon victim of jealous husband
Police searching outside the church for clues after the shooting. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP
Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was shot twice with a sawn-off shotgun outside his church on 31 October, in what police feared was a copycat attack, coming as it did three days after three people were knifed in a terror attack at a church in Nice.
 
But according to the newspaper, the priest put the police on the trail of his attacker as soon as he came out of a coma on Tuesday, telling them he believed he had been shot by the “jealous husband” of one of his conquests. 
 
 
“The priest is very into sex, and he is very adventurous with the ladies,” a source close to the inquiry told the newspaper. 
 
 
A 40-year Georgian man, who the newspaper named as Giorgi P,  admitted to carrying out the attack after he was seized on Friday. 
 
He insists, however, that he had not wanted to kill Kakavelakis, who was having an affair with his 35-year-old Russian wife, named by the newspaper as Lela K. 
 
The priest had announced that he was resigning from the church a month earlier.
 

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French justice minister faces trial on conflict of interest charge

France's justice minister has been ordered to stand trial in a conflict of interest case that has embarrassed President Emmanuel Macron's government, his lawyers said on Monday.

French justice minister faces trial on conflict of interest charge

His lawyers said they had immediately lodged an appeal to block the move.

Eric Dupond-Moretti, a former star defence lawyer, was last year charged with misusing his position to settle scores with opponents from his legal career, becoming the first sitting French justice minister to be charged in a legal probe.

The accusations relate to administrative inquiries into three judges. The three had ordered police in 2014 to pore through the phone records of dozens of lawyers and magistrates, including Dupond-Moretti, as part of an investigation into former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The judiciary accused Dupond-Moretti of a witch-hunt.

He denied the allegations, saying he was merely acting on the recommendations of his staff to investigate possible mistakes by the magistrates who oversaw the seizures of the phone records.

The order to stand trial was issued by the investigation commission of the Law Court of the Republic in Paris (CJR), which hears cases of alleged wrongdoing by serving ministers.

But his lawyers, Christophe Ingrain and Remi Lorrain, said they had already appealed against the move.

“The order no longer exists,” they told reporters as they exited the CJR building.

Dupond-Moretti was not present.

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