Fake Doctor Sentenced to Multiple Life Sentences for the Death of 7 Adults and 2 Children

November 17, 2022

ATHENS – A man who had caused the death of at least 7 people while posing as a distinguished oncologist known as “Dr Kontos” was sentenced to 8 life sentences and another 50 years, one of the heaviest sentences delivered by Greek courts, on Thursday.

“Dr Kontos” was sentenced for 7 homicides, 6 attempted homicides, and criminal distribution of narcotics especially to underage people, by a mixed court in Athens. He will serve at least 20 years and pay a fine of 327,000 euros in addition.

Nikos Kontostathis, in his 50s, built a reputation through word of mouth among the faithful in a monastery as a doctor who had healed serious diseases. He was held directly responsible by the court for the deaths of 7 adults and 2 children, while his attempted homicide sentencing involves another two children.

Kontostathis was acquitted of homicide charges for 5 patients and attempted homicide charges for 8. He acted as a doctor for a decade, following other personas he had adopted over time for financial gain.


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