THESSALONIKI – Supreme Court Prosecutor Vassilis Pliotas has ordered investigators into the stabbing death of a 19-old student in an soccer rivaly to be accelerated, as police raided fan clubs in the aftermath.
Alkis Kambanos was with two friends on a sidewalk in Greece’s second-largest city on Feb. 1 when a gang of 10 men poured out of two cars and attacked them, injuring his friends.
He was struck on the head with a crowbar while pleading for the assault to stop and bled to death from a stab wound to the leg from a curved karambit knife before the attackers fled. Eleven people have been arrested.
Even murder cases can drag on for years in Greece and defendants, unless they are detained, don’t even have to show up in court for sessions or even for sentencing if convicted.
Pliotas ordered judicial authorities to give the case top priority, said Kathimerini, tying it to organized crime and fan violence that has seen soccer hooligans going after each other on the streets now in cities.
Dputy Supreme Court prosecutor Zacharias Kokkinakis earlier issued a circular demanding that individuals involved in sports-related violence be tried within 30 days of their arrest.