With these words began the President on Wednesday July 3, the last meeting of the Joint Athens Court of Appeals, where she announced the decision on the extraordinary case of kidnapping and murder of Marios Papageorgiou.
The man who set up the kidnapping of the unlucky young man and vanished his body was judged as the first-time, unanimously guilty of his manslaughter, and his corpse has not yet been found.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment for intentional homicide, fifteen years for snatcher, eight years for attempted extortion, and five years for organised a gang. Following the merger, the total penalty for the above offenses other than homicide is twenty years.
Angeliki Nikolouli’s investigation and the evidence that brought to light contributed to changing the indictment of the “mastermind” first and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Marios. Her testimony was also decisive in the Appeals Court.
Unanimous was the conviction of two more indictees for gang formation and the fourth involved for attempted extortion. The second accused was sentenced to three years and the last two in three and two years.
“Persecution to nine persons among them the relatives of the “mastermind”…”
In her supplementary proposal, the Public Prosecutor stated that there are indications of criminal prosecution of new persons who appear to be involved in the case.
She requested that the case be referred to the competent Public Prosecutor’s Office in order to investigate the evidence that emerged during the hearing.
She proposed prosecution against three close relatives of the main accused, but also against six more people for manslaughter in a quiet mental state and rapprochement.
These faces, as “Tunnel” had first reveale , appear to have participated in the first group that gathered by the “masterind” of the kidnapping and murder of Marios, and which until now have not been accused.
These developments caused great tension to the audience, who warmly applauded the Prosecutor’s supplementary proposal, as well as the wrath of the tragic mother of the victim who once again cried out to the accused:
“Murder, tell me where my child is!”.
At the end of the trial, she broke into sobs, thanking the Prosecutor:
“My child was justified! With the help of God, we will now finally learn the truth …”
As a great and serious decision of the Greek justice described the development as the legal representative of the victim’s family, Nikos Roussopoulos. In his statements to “Tunnel”, he said:
“It is the only time that an Appeals Court has requested persecution in so many people who had escaped the Greek Police investigation and who were not even called as witnesses.
” The court assessed the data and not only did not acknowledge any mitigation to the main accused, but asked for an investigation into any involvement in the murder of Marius, both of the main accused sons who are police oficcers and wife “.
See all the develpments in the case here.