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Giakoumakis suicide testimony points to political cover for bullies

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Information from the case file relating to the suicide of student Vangelis Giakoumakis last year suggests that politicians intervened to protect a group of Cretan students that allegedly bullied the 20-year-old.

Staff at the Dairy School in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, where Giakoumakis was studying, claimed in their testimony that disciplinary action against the Cretans was halted after the institution’s director was pressured into letting them off.

Giakoumakis’s body was found in March 2015 in a field near the school. He had been missing for 37 days.

Although a post-mortem indicated that he killed himself, seven fellow students have been charged with causing repeated grievous bodily harm. Information from the case file relating to the suicide of student Vangelis Giakoumakis last year suggests that politicians intervened to protect the group of Cretan students that allegedly bullied the 20-year-old.