Family of parcel bomb victim gets 580,000 euros in compensation


The family of a man who was killed by an explosive device in 2010 while in the service of a minister has been granted compensation of 580,000 euros.

Giorgos Vassilakis, 52, opened a parcel addressed to Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis in June 2010, triggering a blast that brought down the wall between his and the minister’s office. Chrysochoidis was not in his office at the time.

The Athens Administrative Appeals Court found that the Greek state had exclusive responsibility for Vassilakis’s death, arguing that all mail addressed to the ministry should by law be subjected to particular scrutiny.

It awarded Vassilakis’s widow and each of their two children 120,000 euros, another 80,000 to each of the deceased man’s parents and 30,000 euros apiece to his two siblings.

An anonymous organization claimed responsibility for the attack at the time, saying the bomb was for Chrysochoidis.