The two suspects, aged 27 and 20 years old, denied being guilty for the murder in their testimony before the examining magistrate, claiming that a third suspect, a Pakistani who is still at large, was the one that stabbed the victim and took his video camera.
They have also denied knowing the Pakistani man's intentions in advance after he found and followed the "Greek that had a bag on his shoulder". They also claim to have been intoxicated at the time after drinking a large number of beers. The 20-year-old denied knowing the Pakistani man before that time and both claim that after the incident they went home to bed.
The 27-year-old told police that he had been illegally resident in Greece for roughly a year, while the 20-year-old for approximately six months.
Kantaris was stabbed and killed for his video camera by the three men after exiting his building in the early hours of the morning in order to fetch his car, so that he could drive his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth to their second child.