The Three-member Court of Criminal Appeal of Thessaloniki postponed the trial of the case with the so-called “Loukouma Mafia” until next May, while deciding the replacement of temporary detention with restrictive conditions for the 40-year-old alleged leader of the organization. Specifically ethey were banned from leaving the country and required to appear at a police station to the accused who remained in custody for 14 months.

In trial a total of 12 people were referred who are involved in a case of illegal activity, focusing on the control of the points of sale of loukoumades on popular beaches of Sithonia, on the second leg of Halkidiki. The accused allegedly extorted and threatened coastal shop owners, employees of private security companies and street vendors – one of whom they loaded with wood and shot dead in the Nikiti area.

According to the indictment, the action of this particular group lasted from May to September 2021 while it was characterized as the “loukuma mafia”.

As the case may be, criminal charges were brought against those involved, including a woman, for: Management, formation and membership of a criminal organization for the commission of felonies. Recruiting others by coercion and abuse of power. Extortion where the perpetrator used violence and threats combined with danger to body or life and threat of harm to business, by profession. Moral authorship in blackmail. Supply of revolvers, grenades, explosives. Unlawful violence by continuation, committed and attempted. Illegal detention. Attempted murder. Dangerous bodily harm. Deterioration of foreign property. Illegal carrying of weapons and use of weapons.

The following is written in the referral resolution of the Halkidiki Criminal Council:

The 40-year-old together with his other four co-accused and his minor 16-year-old son (at the time) formed a hierarchically structured organization, with the main objective of ensuring the exclusive exploitation of the most profitable and most populous points of the second leg of Halkidiki in order to dominate the sale of loukoumades against rival groups with the obvious purpose of maximizing their illegal profit.

They were mainly active in 19 beaches of Sithonia.