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Journalist Investigating the Siemens Affair was Killed

19 July 2010 / 08:07:52  GRReporter
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The director of Theme 98.9 radio station and Troktiko e-blog Sokratis Golias was shot pointblank outside his home in the Athens suburb Iliupolis at 5.20 am this morning.

The 37-year-old Golias wasn't well-known to the general public but his name was very popular in the journalist circles. He is a longtime associate of the famous journalist Makis Triandafilopoulos, the best investigation journalist in Greece. He was in the media limelight for the fist time in 2008 when he left the team of Triandafilopoulos disgracefully. The reason lied in their disagreement on whether to publish pictures proving the close relation between a Greek politican and a lady of his employees.

He was again in the headlines 6 months ago when he was arrested on charges of defamation. He had claimed in his blog that another associate of Triandafilopoulos, George Psaras, was CEO of the company Telepassport through which, it is believed, the black cash money of Siemens were transferred. Then it turned out that this is a coincidence of surnames. George Psaras sued Golias and he was arrested again early in the morning and taken from his home to the prosecutor. Then the police confiscated and the Troktiko blog computers.

It is not clear yet whether the murder of Sokratis Golias has something to do with the Siemens affair. The police are still investigating the motives for the murder. The wife of the journalist is shocked and unable to testify. The victim is the father of a 2-year-old child and his wife is pregnant with their second child. One interesting detail is that the Alter TV, where Sokratis Golias had been working and Makis Triandafilopoulos is still working, was attacked by terrorists three times in the last years and, fortunately, there were no victims.

The murderers were two or three and were disguised as policemen. They knocked on the front door, saying that someone tried to steal the car and motorcycle of the journalist. When Sokratis Golias opened the door, they fired five bullets in him. Death occurred instantly. The murder is being investigated by the Security Service in Attica and the Anti-Terrorist Office. According the official police information, Golias was killed with the same weapon that was used in the attack to the police station in Koridalos. Then the Sect of Revolutionaries took the responsibility for the terrorist attack.

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