OPINION

September 18, 1952

AIRMEN CONVICTED: Yesterday at 6.30 p.m. after a six-hour session, the air force court issued judgements on those accused of sabotage in connection with the air force. Capt. Ilias Panagoulakis was sentenced to death on two counts, First Lt. Giorgios Theodoridis was sentenced to death and 30 years’ imprisonment, Flight Lt. (ret.) Theofanis Metaxas received a life sentence. Civilian I. Kondos was sentenced to life imprisonment and 20 years, Flight Lt. G. Mademlis to two life sentences and 20 years. Chief Warrant Officer A. Kondogeorgakis received a 26-year sentence and Second Lt. Panayiotis Lembessis, 30 years. Chief Warrant Officer Papantoniou was sentenced to life and 40 years’ imprisonment, Capt. Zafeiropoulos to 26 years, Chief Warrant Officer G. Galanos 10 years, Second Lt. Christofis to 12 years, Chief Master Sergeant Dinou to 21 years. The following were acquitted: N. Dondzoglou, E. Karayiannis, I. Golematis, I. Tsokos, G. Katiforis and A. Moschonas. It was announced that those convicted have the right to all legal means to have the rulings annulled or reviewed. However, during the hearing of the appeals, there will be no discussion of the substance of the charges, but only of the legality of the ruling, meaning whether the law was poorly or falsely enacted. The accused also have the right to appeal to have their sentences reduced or waived.