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    An Athens court on Tuesday (30 December) sentenced ex-President George Papadopoulos to 25 years imprisonment on charges arising out of the November 1973 troubles at Athens Polytechnic where 34 people died.

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    An Athens court on Tuesday (30 December) sentenced ex-President George Papadopoulos to 25 years imprisonment on charges arising out of the November 1973 troubles at Athens Polytechnic where 34 people died.

    The ex-President's military regime had used troops with tanks to crush a student revolt at the Polytechnic.

    Papadopoulos, 56, is already under a death sentence for treason but the government says it will commute this.

    In the Polytechnic trial, he was found guilty of being an accomplice to premeditated homicide. He was one of 32 defendants before Athens High Civil Court on various charges connected with the incident. The Court acquitted 12 of them.

    It also sentenced retired Major-General Demetrios Ioannides, strongman of the ousted military regime, to life imprisonment for premeditated homicide. The Court decided that Ioannides was the moral instigator of the violence.

    All the defendants have the right to appeal before the Supreme Court. Four of those sentenced were given the right, allowed under Greek law, to buy off their prison terms.

    SYNOPSIS: After two and a half months of continuous sittings, an Athens court on Tuesday sentenced a number of men to long prison terms for their part in the November 1973 troubles at the Athens Polytechnic where 34 people died. Among those sentenced was ex-President George Papadopoulos, who drew a term of 25 years imprisonment. He was found guilty of being and accomplice to premeditated homicide. In the Polytechnic incident, the ex-President's military regime had used troops with tanks to crush a student revolt.

    The Public Prosecutor read out the verdicts handed out to 20 defendants found guilty on various charges connected with the incident. Twelve of the accused were acquitted. All the defendants have the right to appeal before the Supreme Court. Four of those sentenced were also given the right....allowed under Greek law..... to buy off their prison terms. Retired Major- General Demetrios Ioannides, strongman of the ousted military regime, was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the incident.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACGINM65AGW9JEJE7N94UL9S6O
    Media URN:
    VLVACGINM65AGW9JEJE7N94UL9S6O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
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    N/A

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