Afghans held over mur­der

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An in­ves­ti­gat­ing mag­is­trate prob­ing the sus­pected in­volve­ment of two Afghan na­tion­als in the fa­tal knif­ing of a 44-year-old man near cen­tral Athens ear­lier this month or­dered that the pair be re­manded in cus­tody af­ter deem­ing their tes­ti­monies to be con­tra­dic­tory.

The two Afghans, aged 20 and 27, al­legedly claimed to have been un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs when the in­ci­dent oc­curred and that their orig­i­nal state­ments to po­lice had been made while they were in­tox­i­cated.

They re­port­edly in­sist that a third man – a Pak­istani who re­mains at large – stabbed 44-year-old Mano­lis Kan­taris and stole his video cam­era. The mag­is­trate, how­ever, said he was un­con­vinced and drew at­ten­tion to con­tra­dic­tions. The 27-year-old al­legedly claimed to have grabbed the cam­era from the Pak­istani af­ter the stab­bing to sell it in or­der to get cash for drugs. But in a later state­ment he said he had in­tended to re­turn the cam­era but then had seen the vic­tim’s blood, pan­icked and fled.

The younger Afghan al­legedly told po­lice that the Pak­istani man had taken the cam­era.

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