Compensation awarded to policeman?s family

The First Instance Administrative Court of Athens on Tuesday awarded 500,000 euros in damages to the family of policeman Nektarios Savvas who was killed in the line of duty in June 2009.

The court ruled that compensation was due to the family of the deceased as the state had failed to ensure his safety while on the job.

Forty-one-year old Savvas was on witness protection duty in the central Athens neighborhood of Ano Patissia on June 17, 2009, when he was gunned down by two assailants while sitting in an unmarked police car.

The Naxos-born policeman was guarding Sofia Kyriakidou, a key witness in the 2004 trial of four members of the now-defunct People?s Revolutionary Struggle (ELA) terrorist group.

Revolutionary Sect, an urban guerrilla group that emerged in 2009 following widespread riots in Athens sparked by the December 2008 shooting of a teenage boy by police, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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