Lazaros Petromelidis sentenced to 18 months imprisonment
The Appeal Military Court of Athens (second degree court) convicted today, 31 March 2009, 46-year-old conscientious objector Lazaros Petromelidis to a 18-month imprisonment sentence, deeming him guilty for two charges of insubordination. The court finally accepted to suspend the sentence until the hearing in the supreme court (third degree court). In the first degree court he had been sentenced to a 36-month imprisonment sentence and a 7000 Euros bail. After the third degree court and if Lazaros Petromelidis is again deemed guilty, he can appeal to the European Court of Human Rights or he can file an individual complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee. This was the 16th trial of Lazaros Petromelidis!