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Limassol police investigate mafia execution of Thanasis Kalogeropoulos

Authorities probe motives and perpetrators in gangland murder

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The Limassol Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is closely scrutinizing the details surrounding the contract murder and mafia-style execution of 55-year-old Thanasis Kalogeropoulos. Investigations are ongoing to identify both the individuals responsible for the crime and those who may have ordered it.

The authorities are working diligently to uncover the motives behind Kalogeropoulos's murder, which is believed to be related to a settling of scores. According to the head of the Limassol Police Department, Lefteris Kyriakou, efforts are being made to identify individuals with whom the victim had connections.

Kalogeropoulos was involved in various criminal activities, although he had never been brought to justice due to a lack of evidence or witnesses. Law enforcement agencies are reviewing past criminal cases in an attempt to understand the circumstances leading to the gangster's execution.

The method employed by the two hooded assailants in Kalogeropoulos's murder is perplexing. The crime took place in the early hours of Monday morning (30/10) at approximately 08:30 on the Amathus coastal avenue. The victim was attempting to park his vehicle outside a well-known cafe when the perpetrators approached, blocked his entrance, and opened fire on the 55-year-old. Kalogeropoulos made an attempt to escape in his vehicle but was shot again a few meters away, resulting in fatal injuries.

The autopsy revealed that the victim sustained numerous gunshot wounds in various parts of his body, including his head, indicating a clear intent to eliminate Kalogeropoulos at any cost. Further investigation will determine the precise number of shots fired.

Following the execution, the perpetrators fled the scene with the stolen vehicle, which was later discovered burnt in the Germasoyia area. Inside the vehicle, authorities found a pistol and an automatic military rifle. The vehicle had been reported stolen on October 7, 2023, in Limassol.

The calculated nature of the crime suggests that the perpetrators were well-acquainted with Kalogeropoulos's routines, particularly his visits to the area for walking and swimming.

[Information sourced from 24News]

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