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Family of soldier whose death is disputed want some bones transferred to Greece

The family of a Greek Cypriot soldier whose cause of death in 2005 is still disputed want local court to allow the transfer of part of his remains to Greece for specialised lab tests.

Their request application was submitted before Limassol district court on Thursday and the prosecutor asked for time to be granted so that the Legal Service takes a decision on this, according to Philenews.

Thanasis Nicolaou was 26 when he was found dead under a bridge while serving his army sentence. His family never believed he had committed suicide as was insinuated by army and police authorities at the time of his death.

Last month, additional tests on some of the bones were requested by professor and former head of the Athens Forensic Medicine Service Filippos Koutsaftis who came to Cyprus at the family’s request.

The initial examination of the soldier’s exhumed remains took place at the morgue of Nicosia General Hospital.

The family believes he was bullied, beaten to death and then thrown off the bridge of Alassa in Nicosia where his body was subsequently found, not far from his parked car.

A court order, okayed by the attorney general’s office, paved the way in December for the exhumation of his bones and for a new post mortem examination to take place. This time, by coroners assigned by both the state and the distraught family.

The family took Cyprus before the European Court of Human Rights in 2010 on the grounds that the investigation into their son’s death was incomplete and insufficient.

The ECHR sentenced Cyprus for the death of Nicolaou on January 28, this year, after accepting the family’s claim that authorities had failed to conduct sufficient investigations into his death.

 

 

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