The noose tightens around the Mykonos mafia

Following the murder last week of Panagiotis Stathis, a 54-year-old engineer and surveyor, in Athens, police authorities are cracking down on rival gangs vying for dominance in sectors such as entertainment, catering and real estate on the island of Mykonos.

A 44-year-old man linked to Mykonos organized crime was arrested on Wednesday for the murder of Stathis, who had been professionally active on the island for decades.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, Supreme Court Prosecutor Georgia Adeilini called for the crimes committed by local mafias in Mykonos, other Cyclades islands, Attica and Thessaloniki to be thoroughly investigated, entrusting the investigation to a special prosecutor.

According to the case against the 44-year-old, he was part of a racketeering network involving homicides and kidnappings – including that of shipowner Pericles Panagopoulos – as well as extortion and the planting of explosive devices.

According to some sources, his partner said that they had visited Mykonos twice in the months before the murder, where the 44-year-old man is said to have met a man active in the real estate sector with whom the engineer had, according to some witnesses, argued in the past.

Police investigating Stathis’ murder on Neo Psychiko focused on his professional activities on the island, where he traveled every week, in order to identify the motive for the crime and the perpetrator. Among the people they interviewed on the island to gather information were local government officials, a seasoned entrepreneur and other professionals.

Police authorities have established the victim’s involvement in the real estate sector in recent years and the possibility that she may have disrupted certain circles with some recent real estate sales.

In some Cycladic islands, such as Mykonos, crime related to illegal construction has worsened in recent years due to the lack of systematic enforcement measures. However, over time, these illegal activities have evolved and have sometimes taken on the appearance of organized crime, as evidenced by several cases of violence and extortion that remain open to this day and are still under investigation.

In some cases, the victims were not beaten or threatened on the island, but in Attica. According to some reports, Stathis recently moved to another part of Athens after being attacked outside his home.