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Greek policeman jailed for teenager's murder

Greek policeman jailed for teenager's murder
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A policeman has been jailed for life in Greece after being convicted of murdering a teenager.

The killing after an altercation in a suburb of Athens in 2008 sparked riots across the country.

A second officer convicted of being an accomplice has been jailed for 10 years.

Judges heard how 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropulos was shot by an officer out on night patrol. A verbal altercation with a group of youths is said to have taken place.

The policeman’s lawyers tried to argue that the death was the result of a ricochet from the firing of a warning shot.

The victim’s mother, Gina Tsalikian, said: “I feel completely vindicated by the court’s decision. This has been a painful procedure for me, but light was shed on many aspects of this crime.”

She described the killing as a “cold-blooded murder that was carried out for no reason against an innocent 15-year-old boy”.

The teenager’s death led to mass demonstrations and some of the worst civil unrest in Greece for decades.

Riots went on for two weeks, with the torching and looting of cars and buildings.

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