Exhumation ordered for Vodafone employee in wiretap scandal

A prosecutor is set to ask for the exhumation of the body of Costas Tsalikidis, the Vodafone software engineer who allegedly hung himself due to concerns about being implicated in a wiretapping scandal, sources told Kathimerini on Monday.

First instance prosecutor Haralambos Lakafosis is expected to reopen the case into the 39-year-old’s death, several months after experts suggested he may have been murdered.

A court ruled in 2006 that Tsalikidis committed suicide in March 2005 because he allegedly helped hack the phone of then-Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and more than 100 others. But the Tsalikidis family and their legal team have challenged this version of events.

Last year, coroners Theodoros Vougiouklakis and Steven Karch raised doubts in their reports about the initial autopsy.

Karch said “the most likely scenario” is that Tsalikidis “was sedated/poisoned and hung after death.”


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