The authorities of the Republic should give priority to the investigation of a heinous crime, said to KYPE, Loukis Loukaidis, lawyer of the family of Thanasis Nikolaou, after the conclusion of the medical examiners that his death, 16 years ago, was due to strangulation and not .
The upheaval came after the persistent efforts of the family of the 26-year-old national guard, who arrived in Cyprus from Australia to serve his military service and was found dead, on September 29, 2005, under the Alassa Bridge.
Following an appeal by the family, the ECtHR condemned the Republic of Cyprus for the handling of the case and on December 17, 2020, Thanasis's bones were exhumed, while on January 26, 2021, with the consent of the Legal Service, a decree was issued for his transfer. of his ossicle in Athens, for specialized examinations.
The findings of the two experts who represented the Republic and the family, justify what the family has been claiming for years, since it was found that the death of the unfortunate young man was due to a criminal act, ie strangulation and not suicide.
As Mr. Loukaidis stated, “the competent State Authority, the Legal Service, must instruct the Police to investigate the case and find those responsible for this terrible crime.”
He noted that otherwise the family would not hesitate to refer the case back to the European Court of Human Rights.
“The case should be given priority, this murder is provocative”, he said and added that “Thanasis was a young child who had no reason to end his life”.
Asked whether it is possible, after 16 years, to locate the perpetrators, Mr. Loukaidis stated that “when the police want, they can find the culprits, it depends on their ability”.
“Time hurts a case, but if it is something you can find you will find it and it is not the first time a crime has been investigated in years,” he added.
He also noted that many mistakes were made in the investigation of the case in 2005.
Yesterday, the Legal Service announced that it had received the latest report of the expert appointed by the Republic, followed by a meeting in the presence of the Attorney General of the Republic, the Assistant Attorney General, the Prosecutors in charge of the Criminal Sector and the Civil Sector, respectively. and other members of the Police leadership.
All the evidence is expected to be brought before the death investigator and accordingly decisions will be made on any further action.