Court rules against familial intervention of Mikis Theodorakis’ burial arrangements


Mikis Theodorakis’ funeral arrangements have been laid to rest by a court in Athens on Thursday. 

The Athens First Instance Court heard that Theodorakis’ parting funeral wishes will be upheld by two executors named in a recent notarial deed. 

The Greek composer and politician will be buried in Chania, Crete, next to his parents and brother, Greece’s Communist Party KKE said Sunday. 

Theodorakis had written a letter to the mayor of Chania in 2013 expressing his wish to be buried in the cemetery of Galatas in his father’s hometown of Chania. 

“My family does not approve of my wish; however, the law recognises everyone’s right to decide about the disposal of their body,” Theodorakis had written in the letter.

He addressed similar sentiments in a legal document dating to January 2020 and a letter in October 2020. 

Theodorakis’ daughter hoped for her father to be buried in Vrahati, near Corinth, but the court temporarily halted any burial plans after unnamed Theodorakis collaborators had filed an injunction. 

The court ruled in the collaborators’ favor and ordered that Theodorakis’ wife, daughter, and son no longer intervene in his funeral arrangements. 

He currently rests at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral and will be buried in Chania on Thursday.




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


Latest News

Historic link between Battle of Crete and ANZACs a focus of Sydney commemorations

The historic link between the Battle of Crete and the ANZAC forces were a key focus of commemorations in Sydney.

Multicultural media’s vital role in public interest journalism a key message at Sydney event

Multicultural media's vital role in public interest journalism was a key message at a Sydney event by IMMA.

‘Into the Moonlit Village’ echoes of Battle of Crete and Minoan myth

The story behind ‘Into the Moonlit Village’ is as captivating as the work itself. We found out more to mark the Battle of Crete.

Generations of Pontians remember their roots at genocide commemoration in Melbourne

Melbourne's Pontian community commemorated the Greek Genocide on Sunday, May 19, as part of a series of events. Read more here.

Australian Hellenic Medical Charity raises $30,000 for Nicosia hospital

The Australian Hellenic Medical Charity raised $30,000 for the Paediatric Clinic at Makarios III Hospital in Nicosia, Cyprus.

You May Also Like

Political, community leaders speak with Greek Australians about Indigenous Voice

Public forum on Indigenous Voice to the Federal Parliament was organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW on October 5.

Multiculturalism Minister Geoff Lee sends special Christmas message to Greek community

Minister for Multiculturalism Dr Geoff Lee has sent a special Christmas message to Australia's Greek community, expressing thanks for their collaboration and support throughout 2020.

On This Day: Cyprus officially declares independence from the British

Ever since 1960, October 1st marks the anniversary of the Cyprus' freedom from the British after the four-year EOKA struggle in 1955-1959.