Greek man cleared of brutal murder after 17 years

A 43-year-old man who had appeared in court four times in connection the brutal murder of a medical student in 1997 was cleared by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The student, Evi Gatidou, was stabbed 104 times in her apartment in Larissa, central Greece, but nobody stood trial for her murder until 2005, when the 43-year-old was convicted.

An appeals court cleared him in 2007 but the ruling was annulled and a new appeal was heard.

The man was cleared for a second time but that decision was also annulled, leading to a third appeal hearing, which he also won.

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