Notorious criminal, Yiannis Skaftouros, murdered at his holiday home in Greece

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One of the key members of the ‘Greek mafia,’ Yiannis Skaftouros, was murdered on Monday afternoon at his holiday home in the Greek village of Skourta, in the regional unit of Viotia.

According to Ekathimerini, the 55-year-old was killed by two assailants riding two motorcycles, who shot at him with AK-47 (Kalashnikov) assault rifles as they rode past his holiday home. Two other people were riding the bikes.

Skaftouros’ 22-year-old daughter and his 45-year-old father-in-law, were injured in the gunfire and have been hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries.

Skaftouros’ holiday home where the crime took place. Photo: protothema.gr.

So far, the shooters and other bike riders have not been found but a police investigation is ongoing.

Skaftouros had often tangled with law enforcement agencies, having committed serious crimes, such as involvement in homicide, in the 2009 abduction of shipping magnate Pericles Panagopoulos, extortions, gang activities and arson.

He had been sentenced to life in prison but was released three years ago, benefitting from a law reducing prison sentences, voted by the previous Syriza government.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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