A Bulgarian man who allegedly persecuted and shot Australian gangster John Macris at his home in Greece claimed that he was on vacation on the island.
The Sydney gang boss was shot dead when he got into his smart car in October, which was parked in front of his house in Glyfada, a suburb of Athens.
CCTV footage shows a black-clad man with a baseball cap running towards the car before firing numerous shots.
Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim, 31, who has denied any involvement in the 46-year-old's death, was arrested and charged with murder last week after allegedly returning to Athens for another job on April 2.
Police say Serafim is a professional killer hired by an unknown underworld figure to kill Macris.
The 31-year-old is said to have shadowed Macris before his death, during which he was seen in a café.
Serafim contested the claims and said he was on vacation at the time and visited the cafe to buy ice cream, The Age reported.
A Bulgarian man (center) who is said to have followed and shot the Australian gangster John Macris at his home in Greece
John Macris is pictured with his partner Viktoria Karida
Macris was a Sydney businessman who fled to Athens in 2013 and allegedly ran a highly organized crime beater who imported huge amounts of drugs to Australia.
Authorities said Macris told friends that he believed he was being persecuted in the weeks before his death and decided to carry a gun.
Serafim's lawyer, Alexandros Lykourezos, argued that his client was not the shooter because "he came to Greece for a vacation, that's all".
Lykourezos is one of the best-known and most expensive lawyers in Greece, replacing Seraim's former lawyer, Apostolos Lytras, on Monday.
Serafim previously denied involvement after CCTV recordings of the shootout leaked
Serafim's lawyer, Alexandros Lykourezos, has argued that his client may not have been the shooter because the shooter shown in the video is "thinner".
Mr. Lytras previously argued that there is insufficient evidence to link Serafim to the shooting.
"There is no DNA from the crime scene, no eyewitnesses, no fingerprints and no weapon," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"I also watched the crime scene video that was leaked to the (Greek) media, and my first assessment is that the CCTV killer is much bigger and thinner than my client," he concluded.
A witness has reportedly identified Serafim in the footage.
Macris was buried in Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery last November. He is left behind by his exemplary wife Viktoria Karida and their two small children Alexandra and Achilles.
On Monday, his widow went to Instagram to translate a heartfelt homage to her partner entitled "Agapi Mou" – translated into English in "My sweetheart".
Macris was a Sydney businessman who fled to Athens in 2013 and allegedly ran a highly organized crime beater who imported huge amounts of drugs to Australia
Authorities said Macris told friends that he believed he was being persecuted in the weeks before his death and decided to carry a gun
John Macris and Viktoria Karida at their wedding in 2016 on the Greek island of Mykonos
The night of John Macris & # 39; death
- John Macris was shot dead on October 31 when he got into his car, which was parked in front of his house in Glfyfada, a suburb of Athens.
- He was murdered when a black-clad man with a baseball cap ran to his car and shot him four times in the shoulder.
- The attacker shot two more shots and hit Macris in the chest as he got out of the vehicle and tried to escape.
- A Bulgarian man – presumably Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim – was arrested last Tuesday and charged with murder.
- Serafim told a judge that he was on vacation on the island and had nothing to do with the murder.
- Authorities said Macris told friends that he believed he was being persecuted in the weeks before his death and decided to carry a gun.
- Ahead of the shootout, Serafim was discovered in a café and contested the claim that he had been following Marcis. Instead, he said he was enjoying ice cream.
- Detectives believe Serafim carried out the mission with the brother they are looking for.
- The suspect's brother is sought on suspicion of having helped plan the murder. He is also accused of driving the getaway car.
- Police believe that Serafim and his brother brought new hats, tracksuits, and shirts a few hours before Macris' murder.
- According to reports, the police put on their newly bought clothes in a three-star hotel before driving to Marcris' home and shooting him.
- CCTV recordings are believed to have taken the suspected murderer's rental car, allowing the police to trace the car back to the rental company.
- Serafim and his brother are said to have changed the rental car at least three times during a two-week period in which they allegedly shadowed Marcis.
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