Constantine Kollias

Constantine Kollias (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Κόλλιας) (1901[1] – 13 July 1998) was a Greek Attorney General of the Supreme Civil and Criminal Court who was proclaimed Prime Minister by the far right-wing military junta, which ruled the country from 1967 until 1974.

Konstantinos Kollias
Prime Minister of Greece
In office
21 April 1967 – 13 December 1967
MonarchConstantine II
Preceded byPanagiotis Kanellopoulos
Succeeded byGeorgios Papadopoulos
Personal details
Born1901
Xylokastro-Evrostina, Kingdom of Greece
Died13 July 1998 (96–97 years)
Athens, Greece

BiographyEdit

Kollias was born in 1901 in the village of Stylia, Xylokastro-Evrostina, in the province of Korinthia, Kingdom of Greece. He died in Athens on 13 July 1998.

Kollias was Attorney General of Greece during the period 1941-1944 when Greece was occupied by three Axis forces (Germany, Italy and Bulgaria). He was responsible for persecuting resistance members during the occupation, and was indicted after liberation for his actions. According to a published study by Dimitris Kousouris (2014: p.155) [2]

...he was not only never suspended while his case was pending, but he was also assigned to organize the work of the Special Collaborators’ Courts (SCC). He was finally acquitted solemnly by his colleagues some months later, with praise “for carrying out his duties under the irregular conditions of foreign occupation.” [...] [S]ymbolizing the continuity of the judicial and state apparatus [of the collaborationist administration] in postwar Greece, Konstantinos Kollias became better known for his later feats as attorney general who tried to stop the inquiry on the murder of a left-wing deputy Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963 and as Prime minister of the colonels’ junta in 1967.

Kollias was proclaimed Prime Minister by the far-right military junta on 21 April 1967, the very day of the coup d'état that overthrew Panagiotis Kanellopoulos' legitimate government. However, nearly eight months later, he was replaced by the head of the military coup d'état Georgios Papadopoulos after the unsuccessful counter-coup of King Constantine II on 13 December 1967.

Kollias died on 13 July 1998, at the age of 96.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ International Who's Who, 1983-84. January 1983. ISBN 9780905118864.
  2. ^ Kousouris, D. (2014). From revolution to restoration. Transnational implications of the Greek purge of wartime collaborators. In Dealing with Wars and Dictatorships (pp. 145–161). TMC Asser Press, The Hague.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Greece
1967
Succeeded by