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Officer ‘fired to kill’ in Loutsa

An Athens prosecutor yesterday called for a former policeman who shot a teenager in the back three years ago, permanently disabling him, to be convicted of attempted murder with possible premeditated malice. Theodoros Haloulakos, 41, who was sacked from the force after the shooting, had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the attack, but was allowed to remain free until the appeals court trial, which started this week. On the night of February 20, 2000, four teenagers had been driving to a party at the seaside resort of Loutsa in eastern Attica. Haloulakos, who was off duty and in civilian clothing, followed them in his car and, when they stopped outside the house where the party was being held, drew a gun and told them to get out. The teenagers took him for a criminal and drove off, whereupon Haloulakos fired twice at their car. One bullet struck Sotiris Katsiotis, then 18, in the spine. He has since been confined to a wheelchair. Yesterday, prosecutor Sotiris Papadopoulos said Haloulakos, who ran away after the attack, had fired to kill.