Kidnapped man, 60, found dead north of Athens

A 60-year-old man who was abducted on April 16 in Aspropyrgos, west of Athens, has been found murdered north of the capital.

The victim, an ethnic Greek from Kazakhstan, was found dead in an irrigation channel in Viotia. Earlier, his wife had handed over 40,000 euros to his masked kidnappers to secure his release.

The man’s wife only notified officers of his disappearance after she had given the ransom money to the abductors.

Police said the victim was known to authorities due to involvement in tobacco smuggling.