Stathis Panagoulis the younger brother of Alexandres, who was jailed for trying to murder the Greek President George Papadopoullos, arrived home from prison on Thursday (23 August).
Stathis Panagoulis the younger brother of Alexandres, who was jailed for trying to murder the Greek President George Papadopoullos, arrived home from prison on Thursday (23 August). He had been released under the amnesty for political prisoners which was announced on Sunday.
Stathis, who is 26-years-old, was greeted by his mother and his brother Alexandres, who was released from prison on Tuesday. Stathis had been sentenced in January to four-and-a-half years imprisonment for subversive activities and to four years ten months for trying to evade military service.
He told reporters that the authorities had accepted a petition from his lawyers which maintained that he should not be considered a deserter because he was studying in Italy when he was called-up. Greek students can have military service deferred in order to complete their studies.
However, he had been told to report for military service on Friday.
SYNOPSIS: A happy reunion in Greece on Thursday when Stathis Panagoulis joined his brother, Alexanders, at their mother's house just outside Athens. Stathis, who is 26 years-old, had been released from a Greek prison under the Amnesty for political prisoners announced on Sunday by George Papadopoulos, the Republic's first President. In January, Stathis was imprisoned for subversive activities and evading military service.
His brother, Alexandres, was released from prison on Tuesday after being kept in solitary confinement for five years. In 1968, he'd been sentenced to death for helping to plot the assassination of Mr. Papadopoulos - then Prime Minister. But this was later commuted to life imprisonment. Stathis was released after pleading that he wasn't a deserter because he'd been studying in Italy when called-up. But he has to report for military service on Friday morning.