Georgian man admits shooting Orthodox priest in Lyon: Prosecutor

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A suspect has admitted to shooting a Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon last month, in what appears to be revenge for a love affair, the prosecutor’s office said Saturday.

The 40-year-old man who is originally from Georgia according to the daily Le Parisien, “turns out to be the husband of a woman who was having an affair with the victim,” a statement issued by the office said.

The suspect was taken into custody on Friday following his arrest at home in the central French city, the newspaper added.

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Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was shot twice in the chest at point-blank range on October 31 but emerged from a coma on Wednesday and was able to tell investigators who had fired.

The priest had announced his resignation a month earlier.

He was shot two days after a terror attack at a church in Nice, southern France, briefly raising fears he had been the victim of another such attack, before investigators said they were treating the case as a criminal affair.

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