Ioannina student’s alleged bullies may face murder charges


The prosecutor in the trial of the 2015 death of student Vangelis Giakoumakis in the northwestern city of Ioannina is proposing that charges of aggravated suicide should apply as regards a group of fellow students alleged to have beaten and bullied the 20-year-old.

It is unclear whether the proposal also relates to authorities at the school who have been implicated in Giakoumakis’s death after failing to respond to reports that he was being victimized and that the abuse prompted him to take his own life.

The trial is to resume on Monday with more testimony from witnesses.

Expected to take the stand in the coming weeks are the school’s former director, the head of the dorms where much of the abuse allegedly took place, and a New Democracy deputy who is accused of using his influence to ensure that the alleged victimizers were not taken to task for their actions.