The perpetrators, a 23-year-old Greek, reportedly an offspring of a well-known family on Rhodes, and a 21 year-old Albanian national, ultimately threw the abused body of the young woman, over a 10-meter cliff and left her to die.
Forensic examination showed that Eleni was still alive when thrown over the cliff, the evidence
pointed at the two defendants and their guilt.
The details of the exceptional brutal crime had shocked the Greek society that demanded justice.
The Mixed Jury court in Athens unanimously founded that the two defendants were guilty as charged and committed the rape and the premeditated murder in a state of calmness.
The two can be sentenced up to life imprisonment if the court rejects the lawyers’ plea for “mitigating circumstance” for the murder and up to 15 years each for the rape.
Friday afternoon, the court sentenced each of the defendants to life imprisonment plus 15 years for the rape.
The court accepted the prosecutor’s proposal that the defendants “do not deserve any mitigating circumstances.”
One of the defendants, the Albanian national, is going on trial beginning of June for the rape of another young woman, one with disabilities. He had reportedly also an accomplice when he committed the second crime.
The trial of Topaloudi ‘s murderers on Thursday, suddenly took a political turn when the prosecutor said in her closing argument that “the lies began from the time the lawyers entered the case.”
The remark sparked tension in the courtroom, the representative of the Athens Bar Association protested, the prosecutor threatened to abstain and the president of the Bar Association asked the Supreme Court to reprimand the prosecutor over “her defamatory remarks directed against the lawyers of the defendants.”
For some “unknown” reason, a state minister of ruling New Democracy felt the need to intervene and posted on social media in what it seemed an effort to teach a lesson to the prosecutor. State Minister Akis Skertsos
is neither lawyer nor has any connection to Justice.
The post was understood as an intervention of the government into the trial.
As expected Skertsos’ intervention sparked a new round of tension between the government and opposition parties SYRIZA, KINAL, KKE and Elliniki Lysi, parties that criticized the government with issued statements.
The minister later issued a statement claiming he was expressing his personal opinion and this statements were “misunderstood.”
The uncle of Eleni Topaloudi, who is a lawyer
, wondered about the political intervention short before the verdict.
The father of the brutally murdered victim urged all sides to stop misusing his dead daughter as a political tool.