Greece: Letting police officers involved in brutal death of LGBTI activist off the hook sends chilling sign of impunity.

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05/03/2022

Reacting to today’s decision by the Athens Mixed Jury Court acquitting four police officers of involvement in the death of LGBTI activist Zak Kostopoulos, Glykeria Arapi, Director of Amnesty International Greece said: “It beggars belief that despite footage showing police using unnecessary force to arrest Zak while he lay dying on the ground, no officer has yet to be held to account. Today’s decision is yet another example in Greece where victims of unnecessary use of force and their families are left without justice.” “Zak Kostopoulos will not be forgotten. Indeed, he has become a symbol of the fight for a society of freedom and equality. We take the ruthlessness of his senseless death and the injustice of today’s decision personally. In response we will redouble our efforts to make Zak’s vision – a world free from prejudice, stigma and racism – a reality.”

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