Three years after the brutal killing of LGBT activist Zak Kostopoulos, the trial finally began on Wednesday morning in Athens. Two businessmen and four police officers are being accused of fatal bodily harm of the 33-year-old Zak who was brutally beaten and died on a sidewalk in downtown Athens.
Zak Kostopoulos: Trial begins three years after the brutal killing of LGBT activist
The offenders are the owner of a jewelry shop and a real estate broker as well as four police officers who rushed to the spot.
Footage from the killing showed the businessmen brutally beating the victim and the police officers mistreating Zak as they tried to handcuff a severely injured civilian who was dying on the street in the early afternoon light on Glastonos street in downtown Athens.
The material that is part of the case file is expected to be shown in court, media reported.
The death of Zak Kostopoulos practically took place “in public view” -so the Civil Action – and had shocked a large part of the Greek society due to the brutality of the beating.
The trial was supposed to begin a year earlier but it was postponed due to the pandemic measures.
The first day started with the court rejecting the family lawyers’ request for relocation to a bigger court room to allow more access journalists and photo-reporters. human rights organizations and public.
The court ruled to allow up to 4 journalists and each one representatives from the LGBT community and Amnesty International. Access to photo-reporters was denied.
Πρ: [Το δικαστήριο] Αποφαίνεται για την παρουσία έως 4 δημοσιογράφων, η παρουσία φωτογράφων δε θα γίνει δεκτή. Ως προς τις οργανώσεις: ένας παρατηρητής από το παρατηρητήριο, ένας από τη Διεθνή Αμνηστία, και ένας από τη ΛΟΑΤΚΙ οργάνωση, να προχωρήσουμε.#ZOJWatch
— ZackieOh Justice Watch (@ZJusticeWatch) October 20, 2021
As the process started at the Mixed Jury Court in Athens, people gathered outside the court demanding Justice for Zack
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