Train collision: The imprisoned father of the dead child was extradited to Greece from Turkey

Nikos Nalbantis train collision

The father of the child, who lost his life in the train collision in Tempi, was extradited from Turkey to Greece. The was confirmed to News Bomb by the Minister of Citizen Protection, Takis Theodorikakos, who had contacted the Turkish Minister of the Interior, Süleyman Soylu.

The father of the 28-year-old train driver, Nikos Nalbantis, after the intervention of Takis Theodorikakos, will be extradited to Greece to finish the rest of his sentence. The minister personally contacted Soylu from the very beginning about the matter.

Soylu emphasised to the Greek Minister of Citizen Protection that his request will be granted, since Ankara sent its condolences to our country for the tragedy in Tempi, something Greece had also done after the deadly earthquake in Turkey.

Nikos Nalbandis was a train driver but was a passenger on the fatal train in Tempi. The news of the 28-year-old's death was announced by his partner in an emotional post on social media.

The young woman said her last goodbye to her longtime partner with a photo of them together which she accompanied with the following caption: "Oh my soul, I'm waiting here for you to come back. To make our dreams come true. I'm here and I'm waiting..."

The best man of Nikos Nalbandis had spoken to MEGA about the character of the deceased man and also about his father, who is in a prison in Turkey.

"His mother is very bad psychologically, his father who we spoke to is miserable, he is waiting for what will happen, whether he will come, whether they will allow him to come, whether they will give him a permit so that he can come and bury his child, as it should be.

"It was made known by the M.M.E and by the deputies of our region, Florina and Pella at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we have an update that everything has been done and we are waiting for the answer," he said.

"He was a smiling child, happy, who wanted his friends always, to make them comfortable in jobs, he was a child who was not afraid of anything.

"He had been with a girl for some years, everything was going very well and they were planning to get married. He was always with a smile. Few people have seen Nikos with his head down and without smiling."

Meanwhile, clashes erupted briefly between police and a group of demonstrators in central Athens on Sunday on the fringes of a protest by thousands of students and railway workers over Greece's deadliest train crash in living memory.

A small group of protesters hurled gasoline bombs at police, who responded with tear gas and hand grenades, before dispersing to nearby streets.

At least 57 people were killed and dozens were injured on Tuesday when a passenger train with more than 350 people on board collided with a freight train on the same track in central Greece.

After protests over the past three days across the country, some 10,000 students, railway workers and groups affiliated with leftist parties gathered in an Athens square on Sunday to express sympathy for the lives lost and to demand better safety standards on the rail network.

"That crime won't be forgotten," protesters shouted as they released black balloons into the sky. A placard read: "Their policies cost human lives."

The train, travelling from Athens to the northern city of Thessaloniki, was packed with university students returning after a long holiday weekend. The disaster has triggered an outpouring of anger, as well as a sharp focus on safety standards.

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