Police Officer Convicted of Murder in Teen Death That Led to Riots
October 11, 2010
Greece (ChattahBox Crime News) – The police officer implicated in the death of a 15-year-old, which prompted violent revolt in the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki in 2008, has been convicted of murder charges.
At first there was some question as to whether or not the death was an accident, with a manslaughter charge on the table if 38-year-old Epaminondas Korkoneas was able to prove that the shot was not deliberately meant to target the teenager.
But witnesses, including relatives of the boy who were at the scene, watched as he aimed and took a shot.
Judges and jury members voted 4/3 for murder; 32-year-old Vassilios Saraliotis, Korkoneas’ partner, was given ten years for complicity.
“The family is happy with the outcome of the court proceedings. Justice has been done,” family spokesman Capt Andreas Constantinou said.
“Of course, Alexandros is not coming back, but at least what is important for the family is that his good name has been restored.”
The death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos led to mass rioting in two cities. Cars were burned, businesses targeted, property damaged and people injured.