Greece: Politic Reprieve

Desertion is not an act calculated to win sympathy from senior officers. Neither, for that matter, is an attempt to blow up the nation's Premier and overthrow the government by armed rebellion. Thus when Alexandros Panaghoulis stood before Judge Panayotis Voughas in Athens Special Military Court, it seemed hardly surprising that the death sentence was pronounced. Greece's ruling colonels were proud of the fact that there had been no executions under the 19-month-old regime, but in this case there seemed ample reason for breaking precedent.

Panaghoulis himself was of little help to...

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