Katsifas Corpse Yet to be Released by Albanian Authorities
Albanian authorities have not yet released the corpse of Konstantinos Katsifas, who was killed by the country’s special forces on October 28.
Katsifas’ family says that Albanian authorities have not responded to their repeated requests to release the body, so that a burial can take place.
Earlier this week, following a brief examination of the 35-year-old’s body, a Greek coroner ruled that Katsifas had not been shot at close range.
However, questions have been raised over the fact that gunshot wounds to his chest had been sewn up before the Greek coroner was allowed to see the body.
Meanwhile, a senior Greek police official was dispatched to Albania to participate in investigations regarding the circumstances which led to the killing.
According to the Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection, the police official will cooperate with his Albanian counterparts “as agreed in the context of bilateral co-operation.”
Albanian media report that a video exists which confirms the official version of events that took place in the village of of Burat (Vouliarates), near the border with Greece.
According to this report, the footage apparently shows Katsifas refusing to surrender and instead shooting at Albanian special forces, before he was shot and killed.
The video has yet to be released to the public.