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Friday 31 July 2015

Greek policeman convicted of murder

Published 11/10/2010 | 12:52

A Greek policeman has been convicted of murdering a teenager in Athens
A Greek policeman has been convicted of murdering a teenager in Athens

A Greek policeman has been convicted of murdering a teenager whose death in central Athens sparked nationwide riots in 2008.

In a 4-3 verdict a panel of judges and jurors found Epaminondas Korkoneas guilty of intentionally shooting 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

He was jailed for life.

A second officer , Vassilis Saraliotis, was convicted of complicity and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Both are expected to appeal.

Grigoropoulos' death led to the worst civil unrest Greece had seen in decades, with youths rampaging through cities almost nightly for two weeks, torching cars and buildings, smashing windows, looting stores and clashing with riot police.

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