Accused of premeditated murder committed in a calm state of mind against Marianna – Erietta Kontouli who mysteriously disappeared in 2002, is a businessman from Magnesia.
Eight of the 60 witnesses in the case were arraigned in court on Wednesday, January 8, and the trial was adjourned until December 20, with the court reserving whether to order the rest of the witnesses to be forcibly brought in the next trial, as there were many absences in court.
The suspension was due to the advanced time, but also in view of the trial of the businessman’s appeal to the Supreme Court after his final conviction (in the second instance) in July 2020 to five years in prison for incitement to falsification, based on which strange transfers of real estate of the missing person.
At the beginning of the trial, the half-sister of the 70-year-old could not bear it and while being examined, she burst into tears and asked the court to become “the voice of my sister who seeks justice and is not here to speak”.
The witness stated that she had learned from the investigations that Kontouli had instructed a lawyer to visit the Sourpi mortgage office and investigate what was left of her property, in order to revoke power of attorney.
Another witness and retired lawyer from Athens who was examined, informed the court that he last saw the missing person in 2009 in Athens and that he knew that he had been treated at the “Sotiria” hospital. Among other witnesses was a KEP employee in Athens, who referred to the original signature of the missing woman by the identity of Kontouli, who did not know if she was indeed the missing person.
The case is being heard after the businessman was convicted by the Larissa Five-Member Criminal Court of Appeal, as the Volos Council of Criminal Courts ruled that there is sufficient evidence, capable of supporting the accusation against the businessman for murder and even intentional.
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