Police order sworn administrative inquiry over activist’s death


A day after two coroners called in to investigate the controversial circumstances that led to the death of LGBTQ activist Zak Kostopoulos in September ruled that the 33-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the brutal beating he received, Greek Police (ELAS) on Wednesday launched a sworn administrative inquiry (EDE) into the role of its motorcycle-riding unit DIAS over their actions during the incident.

Reports on Wednesday said nine officers have been temporarily transferred until the investigation is concluded.

Tuesday’s 10-page report also confirmed that Kostopoulos was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he entered a downtown Athens jewelry store and was attacked by the business's owner and another man who allegedly mistook him for a robber.