New investigators appointed to Cypriot Australian Thanasis Nicolaou’s murder case

·

The government of the Republic of Cyprus has appointed independent investigators into the murder of Cypriot Australian Thanasis Nicolaou.

This comes after a judge from the Limassol district court ruled on Friday, May 10 that Nicolaou’s death in 2005 was murder by strangulation, vindicating his family’s long-held belief of foul play.

Nicolaou was found dead under Alassa bridge in September 2005. He was 26. Forensic pathologist Panicos Stavrianos ruled it was a suicide, however the family has long-argued it was a murder coverup.

At the time of his death, Nicolaou was serving in the armed forces of Cyprus. Nicolaou died a day after he reported horrific bullying at his army unit, and spoke out of suspicions of drug dealing at his barracks.

In response to Friday’s district court ruling, the government has since appointed Thanasis Athanasiou, a legal expert, and Lambros Pappas, a retired Hellenic Police Lieutenant General who formerly headed Greece’s Homicide Department, to investigate Nicolaou’s death further.

According to In-Cyprus, Justice Minister Marios Hartsiotis announced the appointments after a cabinet meeting this week.

Hartsiotis said the investigators will examine the case for the past 19 years, from 2005 to 2024.

“Everything will be investigated,” the Justice Minister said.

“After 19 long years, it is imperative that we leave no stone unturned to uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice. This is a tragic and sensitive case that needs to be concluded in the best possible way to provide closure for Thanasis Nicolaou and his family.”

Source: In-Cyprus.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Second year, same spirit: Zeibekiko Festival Australia returns by popular demand

The second Zeibekiko Festival Australia will return with a bang from September 27 this year thanks to Ventouris Productions.

Psihosavato: Remembering loved ones with prayers, prosphora and kolyva

Devout followers of the Greek Orthodox faith will attend a special church service known as ‘Psihosavato’ on Saturday, June 22.

South Australians commemorate Cretan battle with proud cultural display

The Cretan Association of South Australia commemorated the 83rd anniversary of the Battle of Crete with a proud cultural display.

Samian Brotherhood of Sydney acquire new Kingsgrove property for $3.9 million

The Samian Brotherhood of Sydney & New South Wales ‘Lykourgos’ have acquired a dual-level property located at Kingsgrove for $3.9 million.

Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia & NZ to hold 15th Biennial Conference

The Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand will hold their 15th Biennial Conference from December 6 - 7 this year.

You May Also Like

Will Greece and Turkey face off at NATO?

The Secretary of the Australian Hellenic Council, George Vardas, asks: Will Greece and Turkey face off at NATO?

Senator Sinodinos addresses USA-China relations ahead of US ambassador role

The Hellenic Club and HACCI NSW hosted an event at The Hellenic Club, Beta Bar, to honour the appointment of The Honourable Arthur Sinodinos, as the first Greek/Australian Ambassador to the United States.

Your guide to Holy Saturday

On the morning of Holy Saturday, preparations begin for the next day’s Easter feast. Dishes that can be prepared in advance are made.