SHORT CURRICULUM VITAE
THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC
CHRISTOS A. SARTZETAKIS
in Thessaloniki on April 6th, 1929, his father being
Cretan and his mother Macedonian, i.e. Greek.
He completed all
his studies, including university education
(Law School), at Thessaloniki.
Lawyer at the Thessaloniki Bar
after examinations in October 1954.
He entered the Judicature
after competitive examinations in November 1955
for his nomination as Justice of the Peace,
and in November 1956 as Fist Instance Judge.
First Instance Judge initially at Thessaloniki (1957-1959), at Agrinion
(1959-1962) and again at Thessaloniki (from late
at the notorious case of
murder of the
Deputy (left wing) Lambrakis perpetrated on May 22nd
1963 at Thessaloniki. This case and his action were
represented by Costas Gavras in the well known film
Post-graduate studies in Commercial Law and European Community Law,
on educational leave (state scholarship), in Paris,
1965 (Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Économiques
de Paris and Centre Universitaire des Études
des Communautés Européennes ), where from
he was recalled by the military junta immediately
after the coup d’état of April 1967.
Dismissed from his
functions by «Constitutional Act» of the junta in May 1968,
together with 29 other magistrates. Twice arrested during the dictatorship. The second
time he was imprisoned for almost a year - initially
for 50 days at the Special Interrogating Section of the
Military Police (E.A.T./E.S.A.), where he was
savagely tortured - and subsequently at the Korydallos
on November 19th, 1971, as a result
of the international outcry, mainly of members of
the Judicial and Legal profession, those of France in particular,
while the junta never dared to prosecute him before a
in the Judicature
in September 1974, after the restoration of democratic
legality, as Judge of Appeal
at the Court of Appeal of Athens. Chairman
of the Court of Appeal of Nafplion in 1981. Justice of the
Supreme Court (Areios Pagos, Athens) in October 1982.
Author of various,
mainly legal and political studies.
to the time of his election as President of the Hellenic
Republic, he was Vice-President of the Union of
Greek Processualists as well as member of the Administrative
Council of the Greek Section of the «Association
Henri Capitant pour la Culture Juridique Française».
He was also member of the Administrative
Council of the Hellenic Humanistic Society. He
is a member, since 1968,of the Paris based
«Société de Législation Comparée».
Elected President of
the Hellenic Republic on March 29th , 1985 .
He was sworn in the following day, March 30th, 1985., and
assumed these duties from that day until the
5th May, 1990.
causa of the
High Court of Portugal.
causa of the Democritus University of Thrace (Historical
and Ethnological Section)
He was honored
by the highest decorations of many states.
He is married
with Efi Argyriou, historian-archaeolog. They have
a daughter, named Petroula.-