OPINION

April 21, 1954

EXECUTIONS: At dawn yesterday, three common criminals were executed at the old German fort on Cape Tourlou on the island of Aegina. The prisoners were brought to the island by a Piraeus police launch. They included G. Katsambes, 31, and Georgios Kapotis, 25, both farmers who on December 8, 1952 had killed the former’s father-in-law Constantine Kapsokostas, his mother-in-law Asimo, his wife Spyridoula Katsambe, and their two children Georgia and Yiannakis at Monovalta, near Monastiraki, in Vonitsa. The victims were all killed with knives and axes. The third prisoner was Asimakis, aka Simon Politakis, a 52-year-old boatman from Mytilene, who, at Blokia on June 11, 1952, brutally killed V. Loukoumas by hitting him over the head with an iron bar. He then cut his throat with a knife, and sawed off his head. Politakis bellowed continually, even up until his execution. Katsambes, on the other hand, said: «I was not a criminal. It was my in-laws’ fault for driving me to doing what I did. I am being justly punished. Justice has been done. I have no complaint.» Kapotis began to sing loudly when brought before the firing squad.