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Suicide case to be reopened?

The family of Costas Tsalikidis, the Vodafone software engineer who allegedly hung himself due to concerns about being implicated in a wiretapping scandal, is to ask for his case to be reopened after two coroners? reports suggested the 39-year-old may have been murdered.

A court ruled in 2006 that Tsalikidis committed suicide in March 2005 because he allegedly helped hack the phone of then Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and more than 100 others.

But the Tsalikidis family?s lawyer, Zoi Konstantopoulou, said the initial probe was botched. ?The criminal omissions in investigating the death of Costas Tsalikidis are not in keeping with the seriousness of the case,? she said.

Coroners Theodoros Vougiouklakis and Steven Karch raised doubts in their reports about the initial autopsy. Karch says, ?The most likely scenario? is that Tsalikidis ?was sedated/poisoned and hung after death.?