You do have to ask yourself a few questions and over the last week, since the brutal murder of Andy Hadjicostis all kinds of scenarios have been  put around, some of which seem highly unlikely, others perhaps more feasible. The police in my opinion should be left alone to investigate. However, various people, due in the main to their abhorrence, and sense of disgust over this inhumane crime have taken on the role of judge, jury and police investigators. In the process, a number of names have come in and out of the picture. It’s interesting to note the role blogs and generally the internet have played, as alternative sources of news. The cyber world has unleashed itself on this issue. It’s painfully ironic that a short time before Andy was murdered, he was in a meeting where discussions were taking place about SigmaLive and how he aimed to increase the web portals hits to beyond 50,000 a day. Fatefully, as news travelled of his untimely death, SigmaLive’s daily hits reached over 70,000 per day. The cyber reportage also made its way to Greek TV channels, which have a different copy policy. If it’s juicy enough gossip, tell it and name and shame people. So it came as no surprise when the news started break of possible Dias shareholders being implicated in the killing that this was featured with more personal details in Greece and online. A number of people who found themselves in the news objected and have apparently resorted to taking legal action. I will not mention their names not because of any fear or censorship, just that it seems pointless without having the actual proof to gossip endlessly about what happened based on tips, rumours and hearsay.

It is however interesting to me, at least as some one who has faced the wrath of the media from time to time, on unfounded premises, that some of the very same people who made whole careers as journalists and presenters, basing much of their reportages on gossip, hearsay and alleged confidential tips, should now turn to the legal system for their protection. What is the saying, ‘people in glass houses should not throw stones?’ Naturally, everyone has the right to take legal action, if they feel they have been wrongly blamed for something they did not do. But it does  also seem logical, and quiet natural to not make such a ‘hoo haa’ about doing it. Go see a lawyer, and if your libel case is water tight, and then keep your mouth shut. What certain people and their lawyers are doing is alarming. By leaking all this information to the press about taking legal action, surely they are trying to sway public opinion in their favour when in reality, and I do not wish to judge any one either way, the truth mat tell a different story.

My greatest disappointment with all of this is that we are all guilty. The picture is much bigger than shaming and naming names. In a society where human life is taken for money, where violence in its most brutal take life form prevails, we have to all say enough is enough and let every one, constructively put an end to it. We learn to compete for the sake of gobbling each other up like two dimensional pacman figures. We are led to believe the most extreme and far fetched myths as possible half-truths. And perhaps worst of all, we hardly take out time to simply listen to each other’s take on things, to show some compassion, peace and understanding. Every one wants to be some one and so many of us get sucked into this notion that we have to step over every one in our path, even if this means, in the extreme case, physically killing them. Why can’t we all learn a basic lesson from the inhumane killing of one Cyprus’ finest and most hard-working, Andy Hadjicostis and reverse the impact of greed, nihilism and undervaluing humanity? This by the way applies to all of us, even the people who get paid to kill and those who scheme to take innocent lives away.

As the painful truth unfolds about who, why and how, lets all learn from this very bitter and sad experience by ensuring that life is never taken again for the sake of greed.

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