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The lawyer for the alleged hitman charged with the homicide of Sydney gangster John Macris in Athens says police have the incorrect man – as a result of their CCTV proof exhibits a a lot taller, thinner man than his consumer. 

Macris, a Sydney businessman with hyperlinks to organised crime, was shot useless in his automotive outdoors his dwelling within the Athens seaside suburb of Glyfada on October 31. Police imagine it was a contract killing ordered by an unknown underworld determine.

On Thursday a 31-year-old Bulgarian man – Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim – was charged with Macris’ homicide.

Athens detectives allege Serafim was an expert hitman who had returned to Athens from the Bulgarian capital Sofia on April 2 for an additional job.

Serafim was a married father of 1 who lives in Bulgaria but in addition has a enterprise in Canada, his lawyer Apostolos Lytras advised The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Lytras mentioned his consumer “says he didn’t do it”.



CCTV footage obtained by Greek media showed the murder of Sydney gangster John Macris


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CCTV footage obtained by Greek media confirmed the homicide of Sydney gangster John Macris


“Police haven’t any proof, simply hints,” Lytras mentioned. “There isn’t a DNA from the crime scene, no eyewitnesses, there are not any fingerprints and there’s no weapon.

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“Moreover I watched the video of the crime scene that was leaked to the [Greek] media and my first estimation is that the CCTV ‘killer’ is far taller and thinner than my consumer.”

He mentioned his consumer had paperwork to show he had come to Greece on different enterprise.

Police traced the hyperlink to the alleged killer by two clues: the automobiles he rented on his go to to Athens final yr, and the acquisition of recent garments.

Police allege that on the morning of 31 October final yr, just a few hours earlier than Macris’ homicide, Serafim and his brother (who was believed to be an confederate to the homicide, and whom police are nonetheless looking) went to a widely known sporting retailer close to the beachside Athens suburb of Glyfada.

There they purchased new jockey-style caps, tracksuits and shirts.

They went again to their low-cost three-star resort close to the seaside (on-line opinions of the resort complain about its bizarre “intercourse themed” rooms the place TVs “default to porn channels”).

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There, police say, they became their new garments and drove to Macris’ close by villa, the place they shot him useless in his automotive.

CCTV on the home caught the killers’ rental automotive, which police traced to a rental firm – however the males had already left the nation. They imagine the boys modified rental automobiles 3 times throughout the two weeks they spent tailing Macris earlier than the homicide.

At one level Macris noticed the boys tailing him whereas they have been ingesting in a espresso store, and pointed them out to an affiliate.

Police initially mentioned they’d recovered Serafim’s new garments, together with a receipt, from the resort.

Nonetheless Serafim’s lawyer Apostolos denied this: he mentioned his consumer had left behind a pair of footwear, which had not been linked to the crime scene, together with a receipt for a hat, a t-shirt and a black tracksuit which merely “look related” to these worn on the crime scene by the precise killer.

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A police supply confirmed that, opposite to earlier claims, garments from the person’s first go to to Athens had not been recovered.

Police mentioned Serafim arrived again in Greece on the morning of April 2, went again to the identical rental firm and rented a automotive. He then returned to the identical resort.

After his arrest police discovered newly-purchased garments in his room – main police to imagine he had come to Greece for an additional contract killing.

However Serafim‘s lawyer denied a police declare his consumer had travelled on false papers.

He mentioned his consumer had been in Greece on the time of Macris’ homicide, however he had paperwork that may show an harmless purpose for his go to.

His consumer had modified automobiles however not for any nefarious purpose: he as soon as determined he wished an even bigger automotive, after which needed to return it to the automotive firm due to a minor theft.

The alleged killer will give a full assertion on Monday, the lawyer mentioned.

He mentioned he had no details about the person’s brother.

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