The court of Lamia ruled on Monday that the conviction and 13-year sentence for Epaminondas Korkoneas, the police special guard who killed 15-year-old protester Alexandros Grigoropoulos in 2008, should be upheld.
The Lamia Court of Appeals unanimously found Korkoneas guilty of premeditated murder, but also ruled that Vasileios Saraliotis, the officer on patrol with Korkoneas during the 2008 incident, was completely innocent.
The unjustified murder of the young teenager on December 6, 2008 in downtown Athens caused what are now called the ”2008 Athens riots,” comprising some of the worst rioting ever to take place in Europe.
The 2008 riots are perceived by many as the point at which Greece entered the phase of the ten-year economic and social crisis, which lasted until 2018.
Every major city in Greece witnessed incidents of rioting and vandalism in the days that followed the murder of Grigoropoulos. Clashes between rioters and police also took place in more than 70 cities around Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Nicosia, Paris, Rome, and others.
The attorney for the Grigoropoulos family, Zoe Konstantopoulou, who is also a former Speaker of the House, disagreed with the sentence given to Korkoneas, allegedly saying that ”this decision puts the gun (in) the hands of the next Korkoneas.”
Korkoneas has already served ten years of his 13-year sentence, and it is possible that he will be released soon.