N. Makarezos, part of Greek junta in 1967-74

Associated Press / August 7, 2009

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ATHENS - Nikolaos Makarezos, one of the leaders of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967-1974, has died at age 90, according to media reports.

Mr. Makarezos - the junta’s chief economic policymaker, who served as deputy prime minister and minister for coordination under dictator George Papadopoulos - died Monday, the respected To Vima daily and a major website reported Wednesday, without citing sources. He was buried in Athens Tuesday, they said.

Mr. Makarezos was arrested after the fall of the right-wing dictatorship in 1974 and sentenced to death for treason, a sentence later commuted to life imprisonment. He was released in 1990 because of poor health.

Together with Papadopoulos and Stylianos Pattakos, Mr. Makarezos was a ringleader of the military coup that seized power in a bloodless coup on April 21, 1967.

The junta was condemned in the West as authoritarian, and the United States temporarily banned arms sales to Greece. But a 1971 visit by Vice President Spiro Agnew, who was of Greek descent, was viewed by many as tacit approval of the dictatorship.