• Short Summary

    Ioannis Starakis, the French-Greek journalist jailed for 18 years in Athens three weeks ago for plotting to overthrow the Greek Regime, flew into Paris on Monday (4 May) hours after he had been pardoned and freed from prison.

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    Ioannis Starakis, the French-Greek journalist jailed for 18 years in Athens three weeks ago for plotting to overthrow the Greek Regime, flew into Paris on Monday (4 May) hours after he had been pardoned and freed from prison.

    Mr. Starakis, 29, was one of 34 alleged members of an underground organisation known as Demokratiki Amyna (Democratic Defense) who stood trial from March 27 to April 12 on charges of insurrection.

    His release followed a pledge by the Greek Government to the French Foreign Ministry last March that Mr. Starakis, who had dual nationality, would be released after his trial.

    He was deprived of his Greek nationality and the regime ordered him to be expelled. He was escorted by security officials from the moment he left prison in the centre of Athens on Monday morning until he boarded the plane for Paris.

    Authoritative sources in Athens said on Monday that the delay in freeing Mr. Starakis followed the intervention of M. Jean Jacques Servan-Schreiber, the French radical leader, who last month obtained the release of jailed Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

    M. Servan-Schreiber attacked the Greek regime after returning to Paris with Theodorakis. When he returned to Athens two weeks ago hoping to accompany Mr. Starakis to Paris, the authorities refused to hand him over.

    Mr. Starakis spoke to newsmen in Paris about his ordeal:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1PI9C1L8WJX1MEM5KMRCUMLE4
    Media URN:
    VLVA1PI9C1L8WJX1MEM5KMRCUMLE4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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