Grigoropula Anniversary: 12 years ago, as today, a 15-year-old suddenly loses his life from a bullet. It all started with an oral confrontation with the police. The bullet unjustly took his life and caused pain, anger, rage and violence.
Who is he who can hold back tears by remembering the unfortunate Aleksis Grigoropulswho would be a 27 – year – old boy today if he were alive. In the face of this child, everyone sees their child.
Alexis left his last breath in the alleys of Exarcheia. As a teenager, he failed to make his “revolution” … he was assassinated by Epameinonda Corkone.
That night, he wanted to leave the hangouts of the cosmopolitan suburbs and take a walk with friends in the “disobedient” Exarchia. The walk, which unfortunately was his last.
He did not have time to dream about tomorrow. The momentum of the moment, a verbal incident with the police, was what deprived him of his future. And how can they forget? How can they not “shout” at the unjust?
That was on Saturday, 6 December 2008. Young people have gathered on Messolonghi pedestrian street. The immediate patrol routine patrol is carried out around 9 pm
Initially, there is a verbal confrontation of a group of young people with special guards Epameinonda Korkone and his colleague Vassilis Saraliotis.
The two men then leave the scene at the behest of the superiors.
A little later, however, pedestrians return to Tzavela Street, where a group of young people is still located.
The verbal confrontation continues and then suddenly Corkoneas pulls out his service revolver and shoots three times.
There at the intersection of Tzavella and Messolonghiou streets.
One of the bullets finds 15-year-old student Alexis Grigoropoulos. He was taken to Evangelismos Hospital, where he was found dead.
The bullet, according to the medical expert, penetrated his heart and was nailed to the 10th thoracic vertebra, resulting in immediate death.
The first roadblocks will be installed in Exarchia within the next hour. Clashes begin between the angry crowd and the police.
Until Sunday dawn (12.07.2018) buildings and cars are set on fire, Banks are being destroyed, ministries are targeting protesters, all major schools in central Athens are busy.
Police use tear gas and chemicals to disperse the crowd.
Demonstrations are also spreading outside Greece.
Nicosia, London, Bologna, Venice, New York, Istanbul. Even in Australia.
They said goodbye on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 Alexis. Hundreds of people come to the Paleo Faliro cemetery to say goodbye.
One of his friends, Nikos Romanos, who saw him cool in his hands, held a coffin.
Romanosa’s account of the incident
Pre-trial detainee Nikos Romanos sends a letter to an anti-authoritarian site where he explains what happened that night and his relationship with Alex Grigoropoulos.
“Alexis was a young rebel who was fascinated by the idea of anarchy.
Alexander and a few other children sat on the sidewalk of Messolonghi, as we did almost every day.
After a while, a member came and advised us to go to Charilaou Trikoupi to wait for the patrol car to throw stones at him, which he had collected. So we really went and waited for Alexander to sit on. After a while, the patrol car passed Korkoneas and Saraliotis.
Not knowing the time when the crew had arrived for all of us, the moment changed everything. The hourglass of life turned as the stone fell on Corcone’s car. Then we turned and sat down on the sidewalk with the other children as Korkoneas and Saraliotis passed a patrol car from Zoodochou Pigi to see who attacked them, some small items were again thrown from us into the patrol car, so seeing our company, they went to the park patrol car MAT team, which guarded the PASOK offices, and disembarked at the intersection of Tzavela and Zoodochou Pigis streets.
As soon as we saw the police, we got up to leave because we thought they would have been accompanied by the MAT, as you usually do in such cases. At that moment, both police officers began to curse, and then we noticed that they had come alone without any support from the police force. Some of us headed for them, and Alexander, who had walked ahead of them, threw some bottles of beer out of the ones we drank. After a few seconds, Corkoneas pulled out his weapon and used bullets to complete the particular confrontation that had begun a few hours ago.
A bullet in Alexander’s heart to close the almighty circle of the state machine. A bloodstain on the pedestrian street of Messolonghi reveals a cycle of rebellion that destroys the rule of law and sows chaos and anarchy in all Greek cities. “
At On 10 December 2008, the two special guards were remanded in custody following an apology to the investigator.
Korkoneas claims that he had no intention of killing Grigoropoulos and that he fired two warning shots in the air because both he and his colleague were in fear.
He claimed that a group of thirty anarchists attacked him with stones and beams.
He mentioned these young people while they areoffspring of wealthy families, are accustomed to more frequent handling of Exarchia, but also in various stadiums, where they cause episodes.
He also said the deceased had excluded from Morais school and often changed schools to reflect deviant behavior. Morais School rejected the police’s allegations in a statement.
The investigator, who is investigating the circumstances of Alexander Grigoropula’s murder, receives eyewitness testimonies, as well as a video taken by the girl that night, which shows the scene of the shooting. The lawyer of both special guards talks about it “Careless murder” and “deportation”.
They are marked on the same day student attacks at 25 police stations across the country. More than 400 schools remain closed
The hearing lasted almost ten months, and 84 hearings were required to pronounce the court’s decision.
On 11 October 2010, the Amfisa Mixed Jury found both special guards guilty, Korkoneas guilty of outright murder (making the charge the most serious and without mitigating circumstances), and Saraliotis guilty of involvement.
Korkoneas was sentenced to life imprisonment (votes 4-3) and 15 months in prison, while Saraliotis was sentenced to ten years in prison. (Votes 6-1). Both convicts were taken to prison, but a year later Saraliotis was released on parole.
Epameinonda Corkone was recently released from prison, but on November 11, 2019, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision.
Recognition of mitigation on the basis of the provisions of the new Criminal Code resulted in … a violation first instance judgment – life imprisonment, and the 15 – year – old student Alexander Grigoropoulos’ automatic confession to be automatically released from prison for serving 11 years, sentenced to 13 years in prison, while counting part – time work he did as a prisoner during construction.
Following this significant development, the “Korkonea case” will be judged by the competent Criminal Division of the Supreme Court of the State. And in the case The decision of the Supreme Court is in favor of annulling the contested decision, then the former special guard will be tried again by the Jury’s Joint Court of Appeal for the murder of a 15-year-old student, Alexander Grigoropula.
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