According to French prosecutors, a suspect has confessed his involvement in a Greek Orthodox pastor shot case in the city of Lyon last week out of personal resent.
mentThe 40-year-old accused told the prosecution that the pastor was having an affair with his wife.
Fifty-two-year-old Greek Orthodox pastor Nikolaos Kakavelaki was shot and wounded outside his church on October 31. He spoke to police after coming out of a coma on Wednesday.
The Orthodox pastor shot case took place days after three people were killed in a knife attack on a church in the southern French city of Nice.
It was initially feared that the incident was similar to the one in Nice, which French President Emmanuel Macron called an “Islamist terrorist attack.”
The motive for the earlier shooting in Lyon was unclear, and authorities initially investigated an attempted assassination attempt in the case.
Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet told reporters at the scene, “No theory is favoured, no theory is ruled out. We don’t know at this stage the motive for this attack.”
Initially, the attacker fled the scene, but Lyon’s public prosecutor later announced that a suspect had been arrested.
prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet said, “A person who could correspond to the description given by the initial witnesses has been placed in police custody. The suspect is not carrying a weapon when arrested.”
But the investigation progressed when the pastor regained consciousness and was able to speak.
Cause of attempted murder
According to a report in the French media, the suspect, a Georgian citizen, was arrested at his home in Lyon on Friday.
The newspaper quoted a statement from Lyon’s public prosecutor, Nicholas Jacket, as saying that the suspect was “the husband of a woman who was having an affair with the victim.”
The newspaper further reported that the accused told the prosecution that his intention was not to kill the priest who was having a romance with his Russian wife.
The pastor, who is recovering from his operation, announced his resignation from the church a month ago.