On June 12, 2009, a council of Greek judges in Athens ordered two police officers to stand trial for the murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos a killing which sparked weeks of violent protests in December 2008. Officer Epameinonta Korkonea was charged with intentional murder for shooting Grigoropoulos and Officer Basil Saralioti was charged with complicity in the shooting. In the wake of the demonstrations following Grigoropoulos's death, Greek police were accused of being ineffective and unnecessarily violent in their response to the protests. Amnesty International also condemned Greek authorities for not respecting human rights. In response to international outcry, the Greek government promised to revamp its police force in light of the riots. Both Korkonea and Saralioti were found guilty on in October 2010 with Korkonea sentenced to serve a term of life imprisonment plus 15 months for intentional murder and Saralioti sentenced to 10 years in prison on the lesser charge of complicity.
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