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Anger over bail for Myconos attack suspects

The father of the 20-year-old Australian tourist who died after being attacked on Myconos, yesterday decried a court decision to release on bail three of the four men suspected of attacking his son, as hospital authorities announced that the young man’s organs had successfully been used to save four people’s lives. Doujon Zammit, from Sydney, died on Friday, three days after he was attacked near the Tropicana nightclub on Myconos. This led to a prosecutor charging the main suspect in the case, a 25-year-old bouncer at the club, with manslaughter as well as illegal possession and use of a weapon. The doorman, who has not been named, denies using a weapon and told a prosecutor he hit Zammit with his hands after believing that the Australian and some friends had been stealing from customers. A parking attendant at the same club and two employees of nearby nightspots were released on conditional terms after being charged with complicity in the attack. This decision led to Zammit’s father, Oliver, speaking out in frustration. «These three men are walking outside when my son is lying dead,» he said. «These three men didn’t go to Myconos to help my son; these three men were there to hurt my son.» Oliver Zammit decided on Friday to turn off the life support that was keeping his son alive after tests confirmed the 20-year-old was brain dead. He also decided to donate his son’s organs and authorities confirmed yesterday that four transplants had gone ahead successfully thanks to the donation. The National Transplant Organization (NTO) said that Zammit’s kidney was given to a 37-year-old man from Alexandroupolis, his heart to a 31-year-old Greek-Australian, one of his kidneys to a 43-year-old man from Athens and his other kidney, as well as his pancreas, to a 34-year-old woman from Kozani. The NTO said that Zammit’s donation should serve as «a message to Greek society.» Dozens of residents and local officials gathered on Myconos yesterday in honor of Doujon Zammit and to demand better policing on the island. Hundreds of people attended a memorial service in a Sydney park yesterday to bid farewell to Zammit.