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The murder of 4-year-old Ani unprecedented in world police practice

05 May 2015 / 15:05:12  GRReporter
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Maria S. Topalova

Greek police have announced that they have closed the case of 4-year-old Ani Borisova’s disappearance and murder. Her biological father is convicted of murder in an especially cruel manner and of destroying the body so that no traces of it could be found. Police Director Christos Papazafiris defined the case as unprecedented in the chronicle of the Greek police, but also in world practice. "This is the most complex case in my 30 years of experience, I had lost hope of us being able to solve it," he admitted.

    According to the operatives, the child’s mother did not know about the murder, she learnt about it later and even now she is not aware of the sinister details about the disappearance of Ani’s body. The mother is also indicted for criminal negligence that has led to the murder of the child. Both of Ani’s parents are in the custody of the General Directorate of Greek Police and faced a prosecutor today. The father testified, the mother requested a 48-hour extension and she will appear before the prosecutor again on 7 May.
    Ani’s biological father has not yet confessed to the murder. He insists that he had found the child dead and destroyed the body in a very perverted way for fear of being accused of her murder. During the long and painful interrogation he was very calm, cool, and never expressed regret for what he had done.
    The chronology of events is as follows: the child murder was committed early in the morning on 10 April, Good Friday. At that time, the mother was in Germany at a friend's and the father was taking care of Ani. The operation of destroying the child’s body was completed by the evening of 12 April, Easter day. When the mother returned from Germany, the father told her that the child was missing and both set off on a day trip to Sofia to inform Ani’s grandparents. When they returned to Athens, the mother informed the police that the child was missing and the police began an investigation.
    The initial versions were contradictory and frequently changed. A key role in uncovering the crime was played by the drops of blood from the child and the father that were found in their flat. A father's friend called Nicky also testified before the investigating authorities, stating that the suspect had confided to him that he had found his daughter dead and destroyed her body for fear of accusations of murder.

    The names of the parents are Dimitrina Borisova and Stanislav Bakardzhiev. Ani was entered in her passport with her mother’s name, as her father does not recognize her as his child. The man and woman were born in Gabrovo. Ani was born in Sofia and raised by her mother’s parents. She came to Athens in March 2015 for the first time. Police say the main motive for the murder was jealousy as her biological father was afraid that her mother would take the child to her boyfriend in Germany, with whom she was happy and who is wealthy. The 12,000 euro found at her home were a gift from him. The Greek authorities had established contact with the 40-year-old German who was stunned by the drama with which he was connected by a mere chance.


Tags: Ani BorisovaMurderDisappearance of the bodyGreek policeInvestigationBulgarian parents
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