Civil servants imprisoned for murder still get their salaries – in Greece, where else?

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They are more than two years in prison  and they still receive their salaries from the Greek state.  In December 2010, municipality employees S.S., 50, and I.M. 51, were sentenced to life imprisonment and 17 years in jail respectively  for having murdered in cold blood the mayor of Paggaios in Kavala, a year earlier.

The two, cashiers at Paggaios municipality, confessed their act.

After their conviction the administrative council imposed the penalty of ‘permanent pause’ from duty, which translates into dismissal. The two exercised their right to appeal the decision. Untilthe case is examined on second degree, the two keep receiving 50% of their salary as provided by the Code of Municipal Employees.

On 29. December 2009, mayor Triantafyllos Koukoudis, 50, was found with a bullet in his head and tied feet in the storage space of his own car. He was missing for a couple of days. His murderers were caught a day later. the three were allegedly involved in a 700,000-euro hole in the municipality cash registers.