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Zak Kostopoulos: Two shop owners, four policemen to stand trial

Two shop owners and four policemen will stand for the murder of LGBTO activist Zak Kostopoulos in downtown Athens  in September 2018.

The six will stand trial on charges of fatal bodily harm, charges that result in relative light punishment.

Sixteen months after Kostopoulos’ death, the Council of Misdemeanor judges accepted a recommendation by a prosecutor that the six stand trial.

The council rejected a request by Kostopoulos’ family that the case be tried as wilful homicide, citing the coroner’s report that linked the victim’s death to his severe beating by the two store owners, a jeweller and a realtor.

33-year-old Zak Kostopoulos died on a street in downtown Athens, after he was seriously beaten by the owner of a jewelry shop and his neighbor, a real estate agent, and was heavily mistreated by police while he was dying.

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