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Probe into possible lapses in death of Paphos judge

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Paphos judge over the weekend, specifically if there were any lapses in the emergency services, it emerged on Tuesday.

According to reports, the investigation is centered on whether the ambulance to his home arrived late and allegations that the defibrillator in the ambulance was not properly working.

Judge Costas Satolias, 49, had attended court on Saturday and issued a remand order in a case brought before him. But when he got home, a few hours later, he suffered a heart attack and died.

Former state pathologist Marios Matsakis attended the post mortem on behalf of Satolias’ family.

He told Phileleftheros there had ‘been a problem somewhere in how the incident was handled and this had to be investigated.’

Satolias’ family had filed a report from the onset saying there had been a delay in the ambulance’s arrival, that ambulance equipment was not working and that the case was allegedly not properly handled at the Paphos general hospital.

Police took statements on Saturday after Satolias died and experts are examining the defibrillator, while investigations are also looking into whether the ambulance was late.

Satolias was born in Kalamata, Greece, and was considered one of the most experienced District Court judges in Cyprus. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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