Elliniko Mayor Kortzidis charged over child’s fairground death

An Athens prosecutor on Thursday brought criminal charges against the mayor of Elliniko, Christos Kortzidis (photo), in connection with the death of a 13-year-old boy, and the serious injury of his 9-year-old sister, at a fairground in the southern Athens suburb at the end of last month.

The prosecutor brought charges of violation of duty against Kortzidis on the basis of a report by state inspectors which found that no study had been conducted to determine whether the Elliniko premises were appropriate for the operation of a fairground.

The report highlighted serious shortfalls on the part of the municipal authorities, which were found to have rented out the site illegally.