- About Stylianos Pattakos
Full name: Stylianos Pattakos
Also known as: Stylianos Pattakos, Pattakos, Stylianos
Professions: Greek politician
Work: Minister for the Interior of Greece
- Stylianos Pattakos Biography
Stylianos Pattakos (Greek: Στυλιανός Παττακός) (born 8 November 1912) is a Greek military man who was one of the principals of the Greek military junta of 1967-1974 that overthrew the government of Panagiotis Kanellopoulos in a coup d'état on April 21, 1967.He was born on 8 November 1912, in the village of Agia Paraskevi in Rethymno Prefecture, Crete, and studied at the Hellenic Military Academy.He eventually rose to the rank of Brigadier and was assigned to the armoured divisions at Goudi in Athens. He along with George Papadopoulos and Nikolaos Makarezos planned and executed the coup on the night of April 20 to April 21, 1967, claiming political anomaly had made them to do so. Pattakos was assigned the Ministry of the Interior. As head of that post, Pattakos made the decision to strip Greek actress and political activist, Melina Mercouri, of her Greek citizenship and to also confiscate her property. Mercouri retorted "I was born a Greek and I will die a Greek. Mr. Pattakos was born a fascist and he will die a fascist" . On 25 November 1973, Brigadier General Dimitrios Ioannides overthrew Papadopoulos. The following year, the 7-year Junta came to an end in the aftermath of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.The newly restored democratic government of Constantine Karamanlis put junta officials on trial with charges of high treason and insurrection against Georgios Papadopoulos and other co-conspirators. The principal leaders of the 1967 coup, Georgios Papadopoulos, Stylianos Pattakos and Nikolaos Makarezos, were sentenced to death for high treason, following the trial. Shortly after the sentences were pronounced, they were commuted to life imprisonment by the Karamanlis government. He was released from jail in 1990 due to health reasons. As he has stated, he doesn't regret any of his actions during the dictatorship. He turned 102 in November 2014.
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