Outraged relatives and friends of murdered Manolis Kantaris tried to lynch his two Afghan murderers, after a court convicted them to life sentence. Only with big effort, police managed to take the situation under control and lead the convicted away from the angry relatives and friends.
Manolis Kantaris, 44, was stabbed to death on May 10th 2011 in Athens, when he was about to take his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth. The robbers stabbed him several times and stole the camera he was holding in order to film the birth of his child. While th Afghans fled, the unlucky man died right next to his parked car with his wife waiting for him in their apartment.
The murders had gone home to sleep and the following day they sold the stolen camera for 120 euro. They were captured by the police a week later.
On Tuesday, the court in Athens sentanced Harodi Han Mamad, 20, and Shirzad Neinatullah, 26, to life in prison over the fatal stabbing and robbery of Kantaris. A third accomplice – still on the run (and most probably outside the country) – was also convicted for four years imprisonment.
The tragic death in May 2011 caused not only anger and frustration among the public, but also sparked extensive riots against immigrants by far-right youths two days later.