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Additional specialised lab tests on bones of dead soldier to be carried out

Additional specialised laboratory tests on the bones of a Greek Cypriot soldier found dead under mysterious circumstances 15 years ago will be carried out, Philenews reported on Wednesday.

This is what professor and former head of the Athens Forensic Medicine Service Filippos Koutsaftis has said, adding that the team of specialised scientists looking into this case have some evidence in hand.

But in order for this data to be evaluated some specialised laboratory tests need to be carried out, he also said.

The over a week-long examination of the remains of then 26-year-old Thanasis Nicolaou whose death is still a mystery took place at the morgue of Nicosia General Hospital.

His family never believed he had committed suicide as was insinuated by army and police authorities at the time of his death.

The family believes he was bullied, beaten to death and then thrown off the bridge of Alassa 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 early this month 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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