Two men accused of the murder of 21-year-old female student Eleni Topaloudi on Rhodes are to appear before an examining magistrate to testify on Friday.
The public prosecutor has charged the two suspects with the first-degree murder and rape of the victim, in a crime that has shocked the entire country and the local community on Rhodes.
One of the accused, a 19-year-old Albanian, has admitted his involvement in the crime in testimony to the Rhodes coast guard, the law enforcement agency that launched the investigation after the girl’s body was found at sea. In his testimony, he implicated the second suspect, a 21-year-old local man, who has denied his involvement in the crime.
Based on the evidence uncovered thus far, the two suspects allegedly lured the young student to a country house belonging to the family of the 21-year-old and, when she refused their sexual advances, proceeded to hit her savagely, inflicting serious injuries. They are then accused of transporting while semi-conscious but still alive to a remote rocky beach and throwing her into the sea, leaving her to drown.
The Albanian showed coast guard officers the location where they afterwards threw away the victim’s clothes and other belongings, along with an electric iron with which they hit the girl in the face.