104 people charged after deadly football fan brawl in Greece


A total of 104 individuals have been charged with a range of serious offenses, including gang membership and premeditated murder, following their involvement in a violent clash between rival football club supporters that erupted in the Nea Philadelphia district of Athens, Greece on Monday night.

The accused, hailing from diverse nationalities, faced a battery of four felony charges and seven misdemeanour charges as they appeared before an Athens prosecutor.

Most of the defendants are Croat nationals. One Croat remains under guard at Erythros Stavros hospital in Athens.

Those read charges include two Greeks, one Albanian, an Austrian national, a German and a Bosnian national. They were transported to the Evelpidon courthouses under heavy police guard.

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104 people charged after deadly football fan brawl in Greece.

Felonies include forming a criminal organisation, premeditated murder, causing an explosion, and possession of explosives. Misdemeanours include disturbing the peace, causing grievous bodily harm (both attempted and committed collectively and repeatedly), damage to property, violent actions prohibited by the sports law, illegal possession of weapons, use of arms, and possession of flares.

It is noted that although the murder charge were read, it was not linked by the court specifically to the death of 29-year-old AEK club fan Michalis Katsouris, as the perpetrator is yet to be identified. In addition, the murder weapon, most likely a knife, is yet to be found.

Police are looking into several leads, including from testimonies, genetic material, images and videos from smart phones and several knives.

Source: AMNA.gr.




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