Special guard who confessed to taxi driver’s killing in Kastoria charged with murder

13 March 2017
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The special guard who confessed to killing a taxi driver in a remote area of Kastoria on Friday afternoon was charged with murder and use of firearms. The 30-year-old policeman requested and received a deadline to prepare his defense and was then led back into detention.

While the accused was appearing before the prosecutor, the funeral service of the 52-year-old taxi driver was held at the village of Tsakoni, in Kastoria, attended by hundreds of people, including his family, friends and colleagues.

The guard confessed to killing the taxi driver with his private .45 pistol saying the motive was to steal the victim because he is facing economic problems but police sources said the victim had not been robbed and nothing was missing from the taxi. Police is investigating all possibilities as they have not been convinced by his explanations. The accused was revealed due to the taxi GPS which showed the drivers’ last ride and which led to a property owned by the special guard.

It was also revealed he is the same person who shot and apprehended Nikos Maziotis, a leading member of the Revolutionary Struggle terrorist organization, during a shootout in central Athens in 2014. He had filed a request to be transferred to his hometown of Kastoria, saying he was concerned about possible revenge attacks by supporters of Maziotis, after his arrest. He had served with secondment at the Crime Prevention and Suppression Group.

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