Six people – two store owners and four police officers – will face trial in connection with the death of LGBTQ activist Zak Kostopoulos in September 2018 in central Athens, a Misdemeanors Councils aid Monday.
Thirty three-year-old Kostopoulos was killed after he entered a jewelry store in downtown Athens and was attacked by the business’s owner and another man who allegedly mistook him for a robber.
Four police officers who arrived at the scene were shown in a video hitting him while he was on the ground.
Two coroners called in to investigate the circumstances that led to the victim's death have ruled that he suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the brutal beating.
The Misdemeanors Council rejected a request by the family of the victim to upgrade the charge from causing fatal bodily harm to intentional murder.
The date of the trial has yet to be set.