Officers remanded over Crete shooting

Three officers – a regular police sergeant and two special guards – have been remanded for trial in connection with the fatal shooting last week of Iraklis Maragakis, 22, who was buried in Iraklion yesterday. Police opened fire at the car in which Maragakis was a passenger, riding with another two young men, when the driver tried to escape a roadblock on the road from Anogeia to Iraklion. The accused told the investigating magistrate they had panicked. However, an announcement by the Rethymnon Police Department cited the youths’ «anti-social behavior» and «propensity for drug-taking» and that the officers had shot into the air and at the car’s tires. Maragakis was shot in the head and sustained what hospital doctors said was irreversible brain damage. On Monday, his parents agreed that their son be taken off life support and his vital organs made available for transplants.