NICOSIA - Nicosia Assize Court accepted today a recommendation by the Law Office to dismiss all charges against the defedants in connection with the case relating to the 2005 Helios air crash in which 121 people died.
The Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus requested on Monday the suspension of the prosecution of all individuals and Helios airline that faced charges with regard to the crash of the Helios Airways Boeing 737–31S on Grammatikos mountain, north of Athens, on August 14, 2005.
Nicosia Assize Court dismissed all charges and acquitted all defendants. Helios Airways as a legal person and four officials, Andreas Drakos Helios Executive Chairman, Demetris Panatzis Managing Director, George Kikkides Flight Operations Director and Ianco Stoimenov Chief Pilot faced charges of manslaughter and causing the death of all 121 people on board by reckless, dangerous and careless action.
The Court accepted the recommendation of Attorney General Petros Clerides to suspend the criminal case and ordered the evidence to be returned to its rightful owners.
A Court of Appeals in Athens convicted earlier this month three of the four defendants .
Helios Director Demetris Pantazis, Flight Operations Director Andreas Kikkides and Chief Pilot Ianko Stoimenov were found guilty of manslaughter with conscious negligence, a misdemeanour Chief engineer Alan Irwin, the fourth defendant, who had checked the aircraft before the doomed flight, was found not guilty.