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Former Greek junta minister Makarezos dies

Colonel Nikolaos Makarezos, one of the leaders of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967-1974, died Monday at age 90.

Colonel Nikolaos Makarezos, one of the leaders of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974, died Monday at age 90.

He was buried Tuesday, Greek media reported.

Makarezos was the junta's chief economic policymaker and served as deputy prime minister and minister for co-ordination under dictator George Papadopoulos.

Makarezos was arrested after the fall of the dictatorship in 1974 and sentenced to death for treason — a sentence later commuted to life imprisonment. He was released in 1990 on the grounds of poor health.

Together with Colonel Papadopoulos and Brigadier Stylianos Pattakos, Makarezos was a ringleader of the military coup that seized power on April 21, 1967. Democracy was restored in 1974 after an abortive Athens-backed coup in Cyprus that led to Turkey invading the island.

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