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Greek Prosecutor Wants Retrial of Cop Who Shot Teen Dead

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Epaminondas Korkoneas. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ATHENS - Supreme Court prosecutor Anastasia Dimitriadou said she'll seek the retrial of a police special guard, Epaminondas Korkoneas, who shot dead 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos in 2008 but was released from jail in July, 2019.

The case is being reviewed by Greece’s top court after an appeals court in Lamia, central Greece, upheld Korkoneas’ conviction but reduced his term from life to 13 years, said Kathimerini.

That ruling led to Korkoneas’ release from the high-security prison in Domokos, near Lamia, as he had already served 11 years of his life sentence in addition to the time he spent in prison pending his initial trial and conviction.

There was high tension in the courtroom when Korkoneas’ lawyer said attorneys for Grigoropoulos's family had no right to object to the appeal.

Korkoneas was released under a leniency law passed by the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA ironically tailor-made so that terrorist killers could get out of jail.

Korkoneas shot Grigoropoulos during a verbal altercation with him and a group of his friends as they were hanging out in the popular Athens neighborhood. A memorial to him stands there and he has been a cause celebre for anarchists since.

The SYRIZA bill allowed prisoners to seek release after serving one-third of jail sentences of 20 years or more and was designed, said critics, to free dangerous terrorists, the party being riddled with their sympathetic supporters.

According to the case file, Korkoneas fired twice with his revolver in the direction of the group and one of the bullets rebounded off a cement structure and hit Grigoropoulos in the chest,

The attorney representing the Grigoropoulos family, Zoe Konstantopoulou, objected to the ruling, saying that it “will arm the hand of the next Korkoneas.”