The morning of Wednesday, February 13, before the Joint Court of Appeal of Athens, testified the geneticist and forensic expert Dr. Giorgos Fitsialos and Angeliki Nikolouli.
The journalist’s investigation helped change the indictment of the main accused and convicted at first instance in life imprisonment for the manslaughter of the unfortunate young man.
The researcher, in collaboration with the scientist, identified the macabre secret of his disappearance in Marios’s car nine months later. Below the trunk , the modern detection methods revealed the washed blood of Marios. As long as the research progressed to the depth of the car, so new data revealed. The blood of the unlucky young man formed a small “lake” that some had tried to rinse.
Angeliki Nikolouli explained to the court the way in which she is investigating, her many years of experience in similar affairs, and her co-operation with the Authorities as she has occasionally provided with important elements of her research.
“Knowing these facts three months after the disappearance the family of Marioscame and found me . The child’s relatives were convinced that the unfortunate young man had not set up his kidnapping to get his mother’s money, as the main defendant claimed.
In Tunnel, we use to go to the place where we have the last stigma of a case. Marios’s car had already been delivered to the family after being investigated by the police. We asked the relatives to transfer it to the place where it was found by a friend of Marios, following the suggestion of the police officer son, of the main accused. The goal was to try and gather new testimonies. I noticed that there were public service security cameras in place, but their material, as we have seen, had been deleted. We plowed the surrounding area but there was no useable witness. When permission from the Public Prosecutor was given and the photo of the main accused was released, new information arrived at the show. Witnesses described him as a pathological liar. According to a complaint, he allegedly “fall in love” with an elderly lady who gave him an apartment. According to the complaint, this apartment then he gave it to his son. ”
The reporter then referred to the important information that arrived at the Tunnel, saying that the e-pass of Marios’s car was recorded to pass Elefsina’s toll to Corinth around eleven at night in question. This was given to the lawyer of the family, who in turn presented it to the prosecutore.
Continuing the investigation, Angeliki Nikolouli contacted the jails of Ioannina to speak with the main accused.
“It’ s all your fault” was his first reaction.
The journalist insisted, appealed to his lawyer and two days later she recorded with his own agreement the conversation between them, which was also shown on the show.
“As a journalist and as a mother I asked him if Marios was alive, but I did not get a clear answer. Among other things, he told me that the night in question went with Mario to Peramow to buy a machine and there were some friends of the victim in a BMW . I asked him to describe them but he did not answer me clearly. I asked him if he kept the plate number of that car and he replied that he had given the number to his wife, without telling me what it was. I decided to search all of Marius’s friendly environment, even from his teenage era, but nothing emerged that was related to what the main accuser had told me. He himself claimed that Marios had returned him from Peramos to his house in Nea Smyrni at ten and a half. Then I told him about the e-pass. He did not confirm it and reacted. He changed the conversation and told me that one night some strangers hit the bell of his house and asked him to come down to the entrance of his block of flats. There they told him to stop dealing with the case. Despite my persistence, he was still unable to describe them despite the fact that he came face to face with them. What impressed me was that while in the beginning when he was referring to Marios, he was saying “my son,” and when he was talking about Mrs. Barbara, he was saying “my sister,” then she described it as “slut”.
The reporter also spoke of his contact with another accused in the case, who was making threatening phone calls to the victim’s mother asking for the ransom.
“He appeared as a victim of the” mastermind “and claimed he did not know that he was calling Mrs. Varvara who had been for years his doctor. The main accused had said he would give him ten thousand euros to make some phone calls to the mother of a child who had been drugged. He told me that the night in question the “mastermind” went to get him out of his house with a white Punto. It is a car illegally taken out of a car cage and reportedly led by the policeman’s son, of the main accused. For me, it is unfortunate that this car was not investigated by the police. ”
This is where the President spoke:
“This is our own question too…”.
Then the following speech was given to another judge:
“Your contribution to this case is undisputed. If I remember well the main defendant was drivning an alpha romeo. Now he was driving another car which has not been registered. Obviously wanted to cover his moves … “.
Aggeliki Nikolouli also said that the individual mentioned in the conversation that he was impressed that that evening the main accused appeared in form and not in suit as he used to circulate. He claimed that the main accused gave him a broken phone that had blood on it. He told him that it was the child’s phone and that his mother would recognize the number and answer. When he tried to talk the device was broken. Then the main accused led him to a cabin in the Trocadero area at a telephone cabin. After calling the victim’s mother for ransom, the main accused told him that he was hurried to return to his home because the child’s mother would call him on the phone as she trusted him.
“As always I continued the research and wondered if there were new methods that could show us something extra. I contacted Mr. Fitsialos and asked him if all that we see in police movies with spray rows that reveal washed blood could happen in real life. He answered me positively. I brought him in contact with the family and decided to investigate the victim’s car, which was in the garage of a friendly home. What I experienced that day was something shocking. Mr. Fitsialos and his partner wore their uniforms and asked us to turn off the lights. There was no breath. Only sprays. When they began to fluoresce specifically blooded spots, what we saw in the films, they took flesh and bones in front of us. I wondered if the fire extinguisher in the trunk had been used and Mr. Fitsialos spattered with the special spray there. It was really shocking … “said Angeliki Nikolouli.
Following these macabre findings was followed by a DNA test that showed that the blood found in the car belonged to Mario. As the reporter said, another examination was made to clarify whether Marios was a biological child of Mrs Barbara, something which was questioned by the main accused and proved to be.
“After showing the show with these important elements, I began to receive threats that were intensified after the first court. The channel I am working informed the Authorities and I filed an indictment on an unidentified basis. It was followed by a preliminary examination and the Prosecutor personalized the lawsuit against the main accused. He immediately set up a trial, but when it was scheduled, one year had passed for the threat offense and the case had entered the Archives. The sons of the main accused have filed a lawsuit against me but also against a colleague who covered the case, that we have exposed them, asking for the ransom that their father did not take as compensation. It was urned down. However, the question remains why Greek Police did not move in some way towards them, especially in such a delicate subject? “the journalist wondered in her statement.
She then referred to her contacts with other defendants in the case as well as with the sons of the mastermind.
“I had then found that the last call to Marios on the night of the kidnapping had been made by one son of the principal accused. When I told him he said, “If he did it, I’ll kill him,
Due to the court secretary’s office strike, Angeliki Nikolouli will complete her testimony at the next meeting on Thursday, March 14th.
What did George Fitsialos testified to the Court of Appeal
Before the journalist, the geneticist and forensicexpert Mr. Fitsialos, filed infront of the Court.
As he said nine months after the disappearance, Angeliki Nikolouli was contacted hom to bring him in contact with the victim’s family.
“When the survey was launched, we were faced with impressive findings in the trunk of the Marius car. We performed ten samplings and there were clear blood markings that gave us the result of matching with the DNA of Marios. The results of the investigation were filed with the investigator who ordered a new review. She appointed a new expert from the Police, who had nevertheless purchased modern detection materials. The whole cabin was scanned, more samples were taken about sixty. The original findings were confirmed and there were new ones. The police survey completed the first data. In the beginning we found blood in the trunk of the car of Marios. The new investigation detected additional blood on the passenger’s mat and the driver’s seat, which leads to the conclusion that the person who came in contact with Mario then sat there. Although we waited for something to be found, there was no other DNA of Marius in his own car. Where blood was found in the cabin, it was only the victim’s. ”
Mr. Fitsialos said that a similar method was used for the first time in Greece and that there was no previous court with the use of special spray detectors.
Asked by the Public Prosecutor if a thorough car wash could clear genetic material from touch, Mr. Fitsialos answered positively. He explained that such genetic material has a smaller number of cells than the number of cells that leaves the blood.
He stressed that the blood was not visible to the naked eye as it had already been washed. Then the Referee intervened:
“Logically this means that the car was not washed by Mario but by someone else …”
The reference of the family laywer of one of the scenarios was that someone had thrown the blood of Marios into the trunk of the car, triggered the President’s reaction that she said:
“The question is, where they found so much blood …”
Fitsialos, responding to related questions from the Board, stressed that two persons were found in the fire extinguisher located at the side of the trunk. However, the quality and quantity of the material could not lead to safe identification conclusions.
After this clarification the reason was given by the reporter who said that a compassionate scenario would be for two people to use the fire extinguisher and to hit Mario and then seat to the front seats of the car.
This is not the first time that “Light at the Tunnel” has made a significant contribution to condemning the culprits for homicide without confess and without a corpse.
Angeliki Nikolouli through deep research, has made similar assumptions as Alex, Tania Charitopoulou of wealthy Athenian Maria Niotakis, the two young women who were murdered in Mytilene in 2002 and recently the baseball player amateur PAO Ransel Cruz.
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