Investigation Underway in Murder Case of Polish Woman in Greece, Cooperation Intensifies

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In an interview on Polsat News on Tuesday, the Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed that progressive actions are being taken in response to the murder of a 27-year-old Polish woman in Greece. Greek authorities are currently investigating, and Polish prosecutors have arrived at the scene to assist.

When asked about the latest developments in the case, the Deputy Minister stated that Greek authorities are actively conducting their investigation, and Polish prosecutors are present to contribute to the ongoing efforts.

He further mentioned that a staff member from the consular department of the Polish embassy in Athens is facilitating communication with the Greek authorities.

Regarding the cooperation between the two sides, the Deputy Minister emphasized that it is highly intensive. Given the extremely challenging circumstances, he stated that communication is efficient and acknowledged that certain information cannot be disclosed.

When questioned about the actions taken so far and the potential extradition of the suspect to Poland for trial, as previously mentioned by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Deputy Minister explained that since the victim is a Polish citizen, it is preferable for the perpetrators to be held accountable in a Polish court.

He highlighted the bilateral agreement between Poland and Greece on legal assistance in civil and criminal matters, which includes provisions for the European Arrest Warrant.

The Deputy Minister announced that the necessary steps would be taken, involving requests from the prosecutor's office and decisions from Polish and Greek courts. While acknowledging that the process requires multiple stages, he assured me that actions would be taken progressively.

On Monday, Prime Minister Morawiecki expressed his shock at the brutal murder of Anastazja, the 27-year-old victim.

"The perpetrator must face severe consequences. That is why we will request the suspect's extradition from Greece so that he can stand trial in Poland and receive the highest possible sentence," stated Morawiecki.

Anastazja Rubińska went missing on Monday, June 12, on the Greek island of Kos, where she was employed at a hotel. Greek media reported the discovery of the 27-year-old's body on Sunday. The remains were found approximately one kilometre from the residence of a 32-year-old Bangladeshi man, who the police had previously arrested. The location was also 500 meters from where the woman's mobile phone was found on Saturday.

An autopsy conducted on Monday evening in Rhodes confirmed that the cause of death was asphyxiation. However, doctors noted that the body was in an advanced state of decomposition, which posed challenges during the examination.

The primary suspect in the murder is a 32-year-old man from Bangladesh, who consistently denies any involvement.

Greek media highlight similarities between this tragic incident involving the young Polish woman and a 2018 case where a Greek and an Albanian man raped and murdered a 21-year-old student, Eleni Topaloudi, and disposed of her body in the sea.

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