July 16, 2024

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Greek football fan’s DNA found on knife with traces of blood from murdered AEK fan Katsouris


New evidence has emerged in the investigation into the murder of AEK fan Michalis Katsouris during clashes with Croatian football hooligans in Athens in August, police sources said on November 13.

Citing their information, the state agency amna reported that one of the knives seized by police from the scene of the fatal attack was found to have DNA from a 35-year-old Greek football fan, on whom traces of the victim’s blood were also found.

The fan was detained and questioned regarding this issue. In his evidence given last Friday, he claimed that he had the knife with him when the clashes began and that he lost it during the disturbances. He was arrested and is already in Nafplio prison, where he is serving a previously unserved sentence of 12 months in prison and a fine for his participation in previous incidents involving violence against football fans in the city of Volos.

The indictment to which he pleaded guilty includes explosions, possession of explosives, violence (a crime under sporting laws) and causing dangerous bodily harm. He is due to undergo a re-examination in the coming days to determine whether he was involved in causing the fatal injuries to 29-year-old Michalis Katsouris.

On November 15, he was released with restrictive conditions after testifying about the incidents in Near Philadelphia. With the consent of the investigator and the prosecutor, restrictive conditions were imposed on him: a ban on leaving the country, mandatory attendance at the AT twice a month and mandatory presence at the AT of his region during the match.

Let us remind you that for the riots that occurred on the night of August 7 and led to the death of AEK fan Michalis Katsouris, 102 Croats, two Greeks and one accused of Albanian origin were detained, while so far no one has been charged with murder.



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