• Short Summary

    General Odysseus Anghelis, the former Deputy President of the Greek Republic and the Chief of the Armed forces during the dictatorship set up in the "Colonels' Coup" of 1967, denied on Monday 10 (18 August) that he had taken part in planning the coup.

  • Description

    General Odysseus Anghelis, the former Deputy President of the Greek Republic and the Chief of the Armed forces during the dictatorship set up in the "Colonels' Coup" of 1967, denied on Monday 10 (18 August) that he had taken part in planning the coup.

    He and nine other defendants, including retired Lieutenant General Grigorious Spandidakis and former Chief of the Army General Staff General George Zoitakis, have admitted supporting the coup once it had been staged while denying a role in the preparations.

    There are 20 defendants in all, including former President George Papadopoulous. He has refused to plead in detail but has accepted full responsibility for the coup. He claims it was carried out in order to save the country from Communism and Civil War.

    The rule of the colonels lasted for seven years and abolished civil liberties in Greece.

    The prosecutor has demanded the death penalty for 16 of the 20 defendants on charges of high tension and insurrection. All 20 defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges, even those who have admitted planning or later supporting the coup.

    A verdict is expected on Thursday (21 August).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5CAA417SJOK5XZR8TBO5TKX1H
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CAA417SJOK5XZR8TBO5TKX1H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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