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635 mln bid by family of shot Gypsy

As an Athens policeman arrested for shooting dead an Albanian immigrant during an attempted arrest near Amerikis Square was freed on bail yesterday, the family of a Gypsy who died in similar circumstances last month presented a 635 million drachma compensation bid. Officer Ioannis Rizopoulos, who claims the death – by a bullet in the head – of Gedian Selniku, 20, in a Lefkosias St. coffee shop on Wednesday was due to his gun going off accidentally, paid three million drachmas bail and was forbidden to leave Greece pending trial for murder. Meanwhile, lawyers representing the widow, two children, parents and brothers of Marinos Christopoulos, 21, yesterday sought 635 million drachmas in compensation for the itinerant greengrocer’s death by a police bullet in the head on October 24. Officer Georgios Tylianakis shot Christopoulos when he failed to stop his pickup truck at a police checkpoint in Zefyri, western Athens. He also claims his gun fired accidentally. Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit has even said that integration could involve Turkish Cypriots voting for annexation with Turkey – a move that would hamper Turkey’s own efforts to join the European Union.