Kos: 54-year-old Yannis, who spent 8 years of his life in prison for a crime he never committed, is shocking
“You have no idea how much I would like to clear my name. My children, my own. It’s not easy to be called a murderer. Now that I know what happened, it’s vindication. Every year I had courts. I am devastated in every way. I said I’m not a murderer. I don’t think the issue is racist, it was a murder,” said the 54-year-old Yiannis, who was accused of brutally murdering a 43-year-old woman in 2014, but it turned out that he was innocent!
The 54-year-old Albanian spoke on ALPHA’s Tlife show and gushed about his adventure, however the real killer, who was a Pakistani, was arrested in Germany.
“I returned to the same factory where I worked,” added the 54-year-old Albanian, who had also suffered heart problems while in prison, with emotion.
The great upheaval in the crime that shook Greece – The chronicle of the case
A reversal more reminiscent of a Hollywood movie, occurred in the case of the murder of the 43-year-old Romanian Aciu Flopjca – Aurica with the accused 54-year-old Zoto Jani in Kos in 2014, as the perpetrator was arrested after 8 years in Germany!
According to “Demokratiki” last July, the Pakistani was arrested in Germany who, as it emerged from a palm print, was the perpetrator of the murder!
The Pakistani was specifically arrested in Germany for shoplifting and after an investigation the fingerprint was identified while being interrogated he allegedly confessed that he had killed the unfortunate woman.
In April 2023, “Demokratiki” had also revealed that the non-involvement of the 54-year-old had also resulted from other evidence, which was also confirmed by his lawyer Gianna Panagopoulos.
The accused has already been released with the restrictive conditions of the ban on leaving the country and his appearance once a month at the police station of his place of residence, by a unanimous decision of the Mixed Court of Appeal of the Dodecanese, following a similar recommendation by the Prosecutor of the seat and in satisfaction of a request for suspension of his sentence.
The 54-year-old was sentenced in June 2015 to life imprisonment, a prison sentence of 3 years and 5 months and a fine of 1,000 euros, and only recently new evidence emerged that he did not commit the murder for which he was accused and stigmatized!
It emerged that fingerprints taken from the bathroom tiles, next to the lifeless body of the 43-year-old, belong with absolute certainty to a Pakistani man, who lived with his countrymen in a floor apartment in the apartment building, where the crime was committed!
In the previous trial before the Mixed Court of Appeal of the Dodecanese, which was adjourned due to insufficient evidence, the police officer had additionally testified that the specific crime could not have been committed by the accused within 6 minutes, namely from 01:38 when he left his job at a bakery and at 01.44 when he called to inform the authorities about the crime.
The Court had ordered to examine the footage from the cameras of the pastry shop where the accused worked to the scene of the crime and further to declassify the phone calls made on mobile phones.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (7th Digital Evidence Examination Department) duly submitted a laboratory expert report, confirming the allegations of the accused and it appears that he was calling his partner and that he is not justified in having committed the crime at the time it was allegedly committed, as he was in his work!
But what is the history of the case:
On April 14, 2014 at around 1:54 p.m., the Kos Security Department was notified by the Kos Police Department that a woman had been found dead in the Platani area.
The police went to the scene around 2:00 p.m., where the 54-year-old was waiting for them, who, shaking, was shouting: “They slaughtered her, guys, I can’t believe it, who did it guys”!
The 54-year-old led the police to his home, where the 43-year-old’s body was found in the bathroom. The corpse was in a supine position, was naked from the waist down and her underwear was pulled down to the knees and bore a transverse incision about eight to ten centimeters long in the vulva region, a cutting instrument wound in the carotid region and a incision on the outer side of the left breast.
Officers found that there were no signs of tampering on the apartment door, nor on the living room patio door, and that the house key was on the outside of the door, which was open.
The 54-year-old claimed that he opened the apartment door with his keys, as well as the balcony door, which was closed but not locked. He claimed to have opened the balcony door, calling for help from the neighbours.
The 54-year-old, who was previously in a confectionery-preparatory, in which he works, a short distance from the scene of the crime, presented an alibi. His employer confirmed that he was at work, while the same emerged from the search of the store’s security cameras, as well as the examination of employees.
His defense attorneys insisted on the fact that the investigations carried out showed that he was at work at the time the crime was committed, while they further argued that the killer is at large and the DNA tests did not reveal any evidence against him, while genetic material from an unknown man was found on the victim’s fingernail, right hand and pants.
A bread knife, 31 cm long, was found in the kitchen area, which was placed in a glass with other washed cutlery and which, as it was found, had dried blood around the point where the blade joins the handle, as well as skin tissue on his teeth.
According to neighbors’ statements, they heard voices (in Romanian…) and a call for help from the particular apartment around one in the afternoon and a few minutes later (around half past one), her partner appeared shocked and trembling, saying that he found her murdered .