Dead policeman’s family awarded 500,000 euros
An Athens court late on Monday awarded 500,000 euros in damages to the family of policeman Nektarios Savvas who was killed in the line of duty in June 2009. The court ruled that compensation was due to the family of the deceased as the state had failed to ensure his safety while on the job. Savvas, 41, was on witness protection duty in the central Athens neighborhood of Ano Patissia on June 17, 2009, when he was gunned down by two assailants while sitting in an unmarked police car. The Naxos-born policeman was guarding Sofia Kyriakidou, a key witness in the 2004 trial of four members of the now-defunct People’s Revolutionary Struggle (ELA) terrorist group. Savvas’s murder was claimed by a paramilitary group calling itself the Sect of Revolutionaries.