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Mystery around Belgian tourist, 54, found dead in Athens

A Belgian national was found dead by passersby in Neos Kosmos district of Athens on Friday night. The man had a wound on the forehead. While police investigates the issue, a preliminary autopsy conducted on Saturday morning did not confirm initial suspicion that the Belgian tourist was shot. Police investigates the reasons the man was in Greece as the area where the body was found is not usually visited by tourists.

The 54-year-old was found short after ten o’ clock on Friday night in a small park on Fanotshenous street in Neos Kosmos, almost behind a 5-star hotel on Syggrou Avenue. However, state broadcaster ERT reported that the Belgian tourist was staying in another hotel in downtown Athens.

An autopsy conducted on Saturday morning revealed that the open wound on the man’s forehead was not caused by a firearm bullet.

According to media information, the autopsy showed that the man’s death was due to the trauma on the forehead. However, the coroner who conducted the autopsy was not in position to say whether the trauma was caused  by a hit or the man passed out and fell on the ground thus suffering a fatal injury. A second autopsy is to be conducted on Monday.

Police investigates whether the man was murdered or whether his death was caused by a fall on the spot he was found.

The possibility of robbery has been  reportedly excluded as his passport and money were found in his pockets.

The man has come to Greece on June 10 2017. According to Greek media, police will investigate through the Europol whether the man had been previously involved with authorities.

Citing police sources, newspaper Documento writes that “two men wearing black approached the victim and hit him with an object.” Police investigates the reasons the man was in Greece and tries to identify whether the death was a crime or an accident.

The area where the body of the Belgian tourist was found, a small park outside the so-called ‘laborers’ residents’, is by no means an area visited by tourists.

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