Tempers flare at trial of slain teenage boy

Tension peaked yesterday at the trial of two policemen charged with the murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos in Exarchia in December 2008 as the lawyer defending the officers requested access to the telephone records of the dead teenager’s mother, a request denied by the court in Amfissa, central Greece. Celebrity lawyer Alexis Kougias asked for access to the records after suggesting that Gina Tsakalian and Costas Kouzelis, the former head of the police crimes unit, had concealed evidence in order to incriminate his clients. Prosecution lawyer Nikos Konstantopoulos responded: «I don’t understand the anger of the defense against Ms Tsakalian. What has she done other than persist in this difficult ordeal?» The trial has been subject to several delays and disruptions.

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