Officer shot in Zoniana crackdown dies


A police special guard who was shot in the line of duty on Crete in November 2007 died on Monday, the force said in a statement.

Stathis Lazaridis, aged 35, had been on life support at a military hospital in Athens after being hit in the neck with a bullet from a Kalashnikov assault rifle during a crackdown on the lawless village of Zoniana on Crete almost eight years ago.

Police had raided the village, which is a notorious crime enclave, in search of marijuana plantations.

Lazaridis is the father of an 8-year-old girl.

His funeral will take place today in his hometown of Kozani, northern Greece.