DNA links two to po­lice killings

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Po­lice said yes­ter­day that they had de­tained two of the sus­pected per­pe­tra­tors be­hind the fa­tal shoot­ing in March of two mem­bers of the force’s mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing DIAS squad in Rendi, south­west­ern Athens, adding that they had “un­shak­able ev­i­dence” link­ing the pair to the at­tack.

The men, aged 36 and 28 and both eth­nic Greeks from the for­mer Soviet Union, have been linked to the killing of Gior­gos Sky­loyian­nis, 22, and Yian­nis Evan­ge­linelis, 23, through DNA ev­i­dence and fin­ger­prints found at the scene of the crime, po­lice said.

The 36-year-old suspect is be­lieved to be the one who ac­tu­ally shot the two of­fi­cers, ac­cord­ing to col­leagues of the vic­tims who were at the scene and wit­nessed the events. DNA taken from one of the as­sault ri­fles found in a car aban­doned by the per­pe­tra­tors and on a glove dropped at the scene of the shoot­ing re­port­edly matches that of the 36-year-old suspect.

The older man is also be­lieved to have been driv­ing the stolen car that po­lice were dis­patched to chase fol­low­ing re­ports of an armed rob­bery at a street kiosk. The shoot­ing oc­curred af­ter two pairs of DIAS of­fi­cers man­aged to cor­ner the car in Rendi.

In his tes­ti­mony to po­lice, the 36-year-old re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to have been in the car with the 28-year-old and an­other two sus­pects but de­nied shoot­ing at the of­fi­cers when he and his ac­com­plices were cor­nered.

The other two sus­pects, also eth­nic Greeks from the for­mer Soviet Union, re­main at large and it is be­lieved likely that they have tried to re­turn to Rus­sia. Po­lice sources told Kathimerini that these two sus­pects man­aged to es­cape from Greece in mid-March, two weeks af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ings. Po­lice, how­ever, would not con­firm re­ports that of­fi­cers had traced the sus­pects af­ter tap­ping cell phone calls be­tween them and an eth­nic Greek from Rus­sia who is cur­rently in a Greek jail serv­ing time for a string of armed rob­beries.

Ac­cord­ing to that re­port, the con­vict helped pro­duce fake pass­ports for the sus­pects and to get the il­licit doc­u­ments to the two who are be­lieved to have fled the coun­try.


Siena’s for­ward Shaun Stonerook (l) vies with Panathi­naikos for­ward Mike Batiste (r) dur­ing the Euroleague Fi­nal Four bas­ket­ball semi­fi­nal at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. The Greeks beat their Ital­ian op­po­si­tion 77-69 to ad­vance to to­mor­row’s fi­nal, where they will face Mac­cabi Tel Aviv or Real Madrid. Af­ter a rel­a­tively slow start, Panathi­naikos dom­i­nated the sec­ond, third and fourth pe­ri­ods of the game to set up a chance to win the Euroleague tro­phy for a sixth time. Nick Calathes scored 17 points for the Greens. Batiste added an­other 16.

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