On Friday, April 28, two brothers of Greek origin, allegedly directly involved in his murder, were caught in the clutches of the law. The “bravos” of the night, aged 40 and 48, are accused of complicity in the homicide that shocked the whole of Greece.
One was arrested after a quick police operation outside his partner’s shop in Nice and the other at his home in Neo Voutza.
For one, a warrant was even issued for the intentional homicide of boxer Haris Kontoiorgis, which was also committed in a mafia manner outside a gym in Galatsi, in December 2021.
These are marked with a “rich” registry… One for robberies and the other for extortion and participation in the criminal organization known as “Karafla” who was a victim of murder.
The two brothers appear to have joined another criminal organization, an equally well-known mobster who was the victim of an assassination attempt outside a bakery in Voula in July 2020.
The motives of the journalist’s murder and who gave the order for it are still not known. The authorities estimate that they have to do with the revelations of the deceased police editor about the activity of the night circles and the war between them, presenting names and detailed information about their activity.
The executors, although “professionals”, made mistakes that betrayed them. To follow the journalist days before and also to cover the executioners, they used a van belonging to one’s partner, who is the owner of a cleaning company. The machine they used for the execution was taken from someone they knew and all they did was change the license plates.
The other element that also “burns” them, are the marks of their mobile phones from the area of Carivaz’s execution in Alimos. They closed them shortly before the assassination and reopened them in the areas they ended up hiding.
From the analysis of the video footage from the scene of the murder, the wider area and outside the TV station where Giorgos Karaivaz worked, it emerged that the perpetrators had been following him days before.
The Minister’s announcement…
The developments in the case were announced by the Minister of Citizen Protection Takis Theodorikakos in a post on social media.
“We had said, from the first moment, that we would do everything to solve the murder of Giorgos Karaivaz. However much time it takes.
A while ago, the Greek Police arrested two persons – for whom an arrest warrant was issued – involved in the murder of the deceased journalist.
The investigations of EL.AS. accelerated in recent times and had an effect, leading to the solving of another murder.
Those who used this tragic case to slander the Ministry of Citizen Protection, the Government as a whole and the Greek Police owe an apology.
We are continuing everything we need to fully solve the case. Justice now has the floor.”
The execution date…
It was noon on Friday, April 9, 2021, when the news of his cold-blooded murder, outside his house in Alimos, exploded like a bomb. The journalist was returning from the STAR TV station where he was working on the show “Truths with Zina”. He parked his car, got out and walked home.
Two people riding a dark-colored Beverly scooter approached him and the passenger shot him thirteen times with a nine-millimeter pistol, causing him multiple injuries and dropping him dead to the ground. The ten bullets hit him in different parts of his body.
In a live connection with the broadcast from the General Police Directorate of Attica, the police editor of “Tunnel” Thodoris Panagiotidis, gave the latest developments on the case.
In a telephone conversation with “Tunnel”, the wife of Giorgos Karaivaz, Statha Alexandropoulos, in a more personal report, remembered the first time, when the late journalist collaborated with “Tunnel” and Angeliki Nikoloulis.
“I remember that George used to work with you and I used to come on Friday evenings to watch the show up close. We were young kids building our dreams, until that cursed day came when George didn’t come home. It’s difficult what I feel today, it takes me back to that day,” he said, causing shivers of emotion in “Tunnel” and in Angeliki Nikolouli.
The widow of Giorgos Karaivaz thanked the police and hopes that those responsible for his murder will be arrested and put behind bars.
The investigation continues until all those involved are identified, especially the “mastermind”, who gave the order for the execution.
Read details about the case here.