Twenty-two years later the Ioannina Administrative Court of Appeal calls on the Greek State to compensate the family of 27-year-old unfortunate Lias Trikaliotis with a sum of € 350,000. In its ruling, the court notes the errors of Corfu police that led this serious case to close.
The decision came after the family filed a lawsuit against the Greek State before the Administrative Courts, finding that the police had not conducted proper investigations to determine the cause of their daughter’s death.
What the lawyers say
Trikaliotis’ family lawyer in Corfu, Spyros Vlachos, speaking to the “Tunnel”, referred to the decision that revealed the murder of Lia and brought to light the serious omissions of the island’s police.
“Justice stands at its height,” he said, while thanking reporters who seriously covered the case.
“Judicial decision is catalytic and innovative…”
Christos Mylonopoulos, a distinguished legal and law professor of the University of Athens, described the decision of the Court of Appeal as catalytic and pioneering.
In his statements to the “Tunnel”, he said:
“It is a truly groundbreaking decision and creates a precedent that can be taken very seriously in the future.”
The professor emphasized that if police treacherousness is proved and criminal prosecution is made for abuse of power, the case could be re-investigated under certain conditions.
“ALPHA” Documents on Lia’s murder in Corfu…
The young piano teacher was the protagonist of the wild thriller in Corfu that shocked the public opinion. 27-year-old Lia Trikalioti mysteriously disappeared on November 5, 1997. Two days later her body was found in a 300-meter ravine on the island. Authorities were in a hurry to close the case with the sign of suicide. Lia’s parents from the beginning believed that her daughter had been a victim of murder and started a titanium race to find out what had happened.
Angeliki Nikolouli had thoroughly investigated the case of the young teacher in Corfu in 2001 and had brought to light important evidence that toppled the suicide set up by the local authorities.
She had then hosted the unfortunate Lia’s father in the studio, who later died of his sadness before hearing the news that justified the great fight he gave with the rest of his family to reveal her his daughter’s murder. He had referred to all the actions the family had taken, which prompted the then Athens investigator to send two medical examiners to the island and the Public Prosecutor to order the exhumation of the body of the unfortunate Lia.