Police arrests Albanian men, suspect of murdering lawyer M. Zafiropoulos

One of two Albanian nationals believed responsible for the murder of lawyer Michalis Zafiropoulos on October 12 is in police custody after being arrested in the western city of Patras on Saturday.

The arrested man, a 32-year-old Albanian Roma, was found in a Roma settlement as he was preparing to leave for Albania. He was found to have escaped from jail.

The second man being sought is believed to have escaped to Albania.

According to the police, three inmates serving long jail sentences who were transferred from Korydallos prison to Greek police headquarters to testify are under suspicion as intermediaries who contracted the two Albanians on behalf of an Albanian crime ring.

The two men intended to put pressure on Zafiropoulos to intervene in their dealings with one of his clients, with whom they had ‘unfinished business’. They are believed to have murdered the lawyer during their attempt to intimidate him.