- Ioannis Ladas
Ioannis Ladas ( _el. Ιωάννης Λαδάς) was a member of the
Greek military junta of 1967-1974.
He was born and grew up in the village of
Dirahi, Arcadia. In 1940, he graduated from the Hellenic Military Academyalong with George Papadopoulosand Nikolaos Makarezos. He fought, as an officer, in the Greco-Italian Warof 1940.
In 1967 as a
colonelhe was in charge of the Military Police stationed in Athens and ordered the arrest of several prominent politicians and military personnel not allied to the orchestrators oft he coup d'etat. He first served in the resulting regime as minister of public order and then as minister of tourism. Whilst tourism minister, he often posed in publicity photos wearing a constructor's hat, advertising the relative prosperity Greece experienced due to the tourism boom.
On August 23, 1975 he was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court set up for the trials of those involved in the dictatorship.
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