GREECE: Two Thousand Shall Live

The end of civil war in 1949 left Greece's jails crammed with political prisoners under sentence of death by military courts for murder, pillage, rapine and other crimes incidental to guerrilla activities. Only seven of the sentences were carried out. The rest were postponed by an uncertain government to await more peaceful times. Last week they were postponed for good. In an all-night session that set some sort of a record for mass amnesty, the Greek Parliament commuted the death sentences of 2,076 political prisoners to life imprisonment.


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