Prosecutor seeks retrial for 1948 Polk murder

A Supreme Court prosecutor yesterday urged Greece’s highest criminal court to reopen a 55-year-old Civil War murder case, calling for the posthumous acquittal of a man convicted for the killing of US reporter George Polk. Apart from Greek journalist Giorgos Staktopoulos, who was released in the early 1960s after serving 12 years of a life sentence, prosecutor Apostolos Economou also called for two communist fighters convicted in absentia of killing Polk to be posthumously cleared. One had been killed a month before the CBS war correspondent’s Thessaloniki murder, while the other died in exile. Staktopoulos died in 1998. Yesterday’s hearing followed insistent appeals by his widow, who claims Staktopoulos had confessed as a result of torture. «Almost every day, he begged me not to abandon his case,» Theodora Staktopoulou said yesterday.

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