Lawyer involved in soldier murder cover-up ups the ante, KNEWS

A high-powered lawyer in Cyprus representing the family of a soldier, whose death was initially ruled a suicide turned murder, has hinted at prosecution if prosecutors fail to prosecute the perpetrators.

An inquest into the death of Thanasis Nicolaou, a 26-year-old conscript who was found dead under a bridge in Alassa on September 29, 2005, has been finalized according to Philenews. murder without allusions or footnotes.

After initially refusing to consent to exhumed remains being sent overseas for specialist testing, the legal department’s prosecution eventually relented and allowed further testing in Greece following the persistence of the soldier’s mother and a legal team she had put together. .

Experts who reviewed the evidence had determined that Thanasis had not fallen from a bridge, as authorities claimed at the time, but that the soldier had been murdered.

Cypriot lawyer Loukis Loukaides, who represents the Nicolaou family, said last year that pathologist Demetra Karayianni had examined a specific piece of bone and the soldier’s cause of death had been determined to be the strangulation and not suicide.

Loukaides, a former ECHR judge, was behind pressure from the Nicolaou family to reopen the case, with a new independent panel set up last year to review the news and all the evidence.

“I made a commitment to do you justice my angel. Your unjust death will not be in vain. I thank God for letting me get this far and I’m sure he’ll help me reach your killers too’

Thanasis’ mother, Andriana Nicolaou, who took her case to an international tribunal and won against the state, wrote on social media on Monday that justice would be served when the perpetrators were arrested.

“Surely everyone who covered up the brutal and obvious crime, and everyone who covered it up continuously for 17 whole years, knows who the perpetrators are!” she wrote.

But his lawyer, who told Philenews he does not trust the police to carry out a new investigation, wants a full copy of the inquest’s findings in case he finds it necessary to prosecute the perpetrators alone.

Loucaides, who has been a vocal critic of the judicial system in Cyprus, has in the past called for better training of judges and also claimed that corruption makes court decisions questionable at best.

The high-powered lawyer has been credited with numerous successful lawsuits, but is also known for clashing with a former attorney general as well as police, who once arrested Loucaides on a traffic charge after the lawyer responded to the officer during an escalation of the incident.

Local media speculated that the results of the inquest would not name any suspects, even though murder was to be the official way to die and strangulation was listed as the cause of death.

Lawyer hints at private criminal prosecution

But Loucaides says he is determined to hold the perpetrators accountable by exercising his right within the jurisdiction to initiate private prosecutions in case state prosecutors fail to do so.

“I initiated this investigation, so they also need to hand over the findings to me, so that I can launch a private criminal prosecution wherever deemed necessary,” Loucaides said.

Nicolaou, who grew up in Australia and had a foreign accent, was bullied according to his mother and was often called a “kangaroo” by young local soldiers.

In the past, the family have spoken out about their son being bullied in the military and have argued throughout that military officers were not honest about many issues in the case. Nicolaou’s relatives fear that their loved one was killed by other soldiers who then tried to pass off his death as a suicide.

Media pundits and pundits have warned that it will now be difficult to identify murder suspects if eyewitnesses fail to provide information. Police said no suspects emerged during the investigation, but critics said this or that because police treated the death as a minor incident.

But his mother, who took to Facebook on Wednesday morning, said she would not give up until her son’s killers were caught.

“I made a commitment to do you justice my angel. Your unjust death will not be in vain. I thank God for allowing me to go this far and I am sure that he will also help me to reach your killers, ”wrote the mother.

Jon J. Epps