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Two doctors and a guard found guilty of paralyzing journalist

Two doctors and a security guard were found guilty on Thursday of playing a part in events in 2006 that led to Chios-based journalist Angeliki Hatzidimitriou being left paralyzed and unable to talk.

The journalist had been covering a fire at a Public Power Corporation plant on the island when security guard Giorgos Pavitsos yanked her away by pulling on the camera strap around her neck.

Hatzidimitriou began to feel unwell immediately after the incident and went to the local hospital but pathologist Yiannis Malakos turned her away.

Hatzidimitriou then suffered a stroke and Malakos asked surgeon Thanassis Roumeliotis to examine her.

She was airlifted to Athens several hours later but by that time doctors could do little to help her.

Hatzidimitriou can only communicate by blinking her eyes.

Malakos received an 18-month suspended sentence, Pavitsos was given a suspended term of eight months and Roumeliotis got six months suspended.