The family of a father-of-two stabbed to death at a Sydney nightclub have made a desperate plea to find his alleged killer and one of Australia’s most wanted men.
No one has been charged in the 25 years that have passed since George Giannopoulos was allegedly murdered at a Belmore nightclub on April 25, 1999.
The man wanted for his murder, James Dalamangas, is alleged to have fled to Greece in the days that followed.
Mr Giannopoulos’ sister Toula was asked what she would say to Mr Dalamangas, in the small chance he was watching Tuesday’s press conference.
“Hand yourself in,” she said, eyes focused on the camera.
“It’s terrible knowing my parents buried their son and their lives changed forever and he’s there walking free.”
Now the clock is running out to find Mr Dalamangas before the statute of limitations for his prosecution in Greece expires, leaving Australian police with a near impossible task to bring him before the courts.
An arrest warrant was issued for Mr Dalamangas the day after the alleged murder, but he has never been located.
An attempt made to extradite him from Greece in 2003 was also unsuccessful.
Police are offering up a reward of $200,000 to anyone with information, particularly if they can assist in locating Mr Dalamangas in Greece. The reward is available to those who live in Australia and abroad.
Australian Federal Police have created an age progressed prediction of what Mr Dalamangas’ would look 25 years’ on from the last known photograph taken of him in 1999.
AFP Superintendent Jared Taggart said officers continue to work “on the ground” in Greece to locate him.
“In the event information is received about Mr Dalamangas’ location, the fugitive apprehension strike team (FAST) will work closely with the Hellenic police to assist in his arrest,” he said.
“We will continue to relentlessly pursue people like Mr Dalamangas.
The FAST team includes dedicated intelligence resources and specialist capabilities from across the Commonwealth and leverages the capabilities of foreign partners.