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Greek Policeman 'Guilty' In Teen Death That Sparked Riots


A Greek policeman has been convicted of murder for the shooting of a teenager that sparked riots in Greece in 2008.

The policeman, Epaminondras Korkoneas, was ordered to spend his life in prison in the subsequent sentencing later in the day.

A second policeman, Vassilios Saraliotis, was convicted of complicity and given a 10-year sentence.

The defense has pledged to appeal the court's decision.

Fifteen-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was killed during antigovernment protests in Athens in December 2008.

His death sparked two weeks of riots across Greece.

A far-left extremist group threatened to kill Korkoneas, prompting authorities to relocate the trial from Athens to the town of Amfisa, some 200 kilometers west of the capital.

compiled from agency reports