Mother, brother of dead publisher in suspected suicide pact

Mother, brother of dead publisher in suspected suicide pact

The mother and brother of Panagiotis Mavrikos, the Akropolis newspaper publisher who died in a car accident in 2016, on Wednesday plunged into the sea off a pier in Drapetsona in what authorities believe to be a suicide pact.

Sofia Mavrikou, 76, and Theodoros Mavrikos, 53, fell into the sea in their car at 11.30 on Wednesday morning, with the two family dogs in the vehicle. 

Coast Guard divers sought to rescue them but were unable to. Their bodies were pulled out of the A-Class Mercedes along with that of one of the dogs. The other dog managed to get out safely. 

According to witnesse accounts, the car, which was being driven by the 76-year-old, accelerated along the pier and fell into the sea.

The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the exact circumstances of the incident with initial suspicions said to point to suicide. According to sources, the mother had consumed sedatives shortly before the plunge. 

According to the family lawyer, Alexis Kougias, the 76-year-old had serious financial problems while her son had chronic psychological issues. 

Panagiotis Mavrikos' death on the Attiki Odos in 2016 came a few months after his release pending trial on charges of extorting huge sums in advertising from state-run companies, including the Athens water company (EYDAP).

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