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Six people will face trial in connection with the death of LGBTQ activist Zak Kostopoulos

Four police officers and two store owners will face trial over the death of the activist

2020-01-21

Words: Steve Brown

Six people will face trial in connection with the death of LGBTQ activist Zak Kostopoulos.

Back in 2018, the 33-year-old activist was filmed trying to leave an Athens jewellery store on and was seen holding a fire extinguisher where he tried to break through the front door, but when that didn’t work, he was forced to crawl on his hands and knees through a broken window.

Kostopoulos was then attacked by onlookers and was taken to hospital but tragically died on route.

Police reportedly claimed Kostopoulos was a drug addict who was wielding a knife but following the autopsy results, no trace of drugs were found in his system and it was never confirmed if the alleged knife found in the shop belonged to him.

Four officers – who were identified through CCTV footage – were the attackers behind the assault which killed the activist.

Two coroners reported that Kostopoulos suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the brutal beating.

Now, the four police officers – as well as the two store owners – are to face trial for the tragic death of Kostopoulos.

The date of the trial has yet to be set.