Policeman’s lawyer hits out

The lawyer defending Epaminondas Korkoneas, the policeman accused of shooting dead 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos in December 2008, accused the teenager yesterday of being an anarchist. In a stormy court session, Alexis Kougias insisted that Grigoropoulos and his friend, who has gone into hiding after refusing to testify, were part of a group that threw objects at Korkoneas on the night of the shooting. «Alexandros Grigoropoulos was an anarchist,» he said. «His friend [known only as N.R. for legal reasons] is a dangerous anti-establishment activist.» Kougias’s claim came after one of Korkoneas’s colleagues revised his testimony. Policeman Costas Kaitsiotis had suggested Korkoneas failed to follow procedure on December 6, 2008, but yesterday told the court that the special guard «did what he could under the circumstances» and said that his actions on the night were totally out of character.

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