A Thessaloniki misdemeanours court on Tuesday handed down jail sentences ranging from three to 12 months, suspended for three years, to the parents and guardians of five boys involved in the disappearance and presumed murder of 11-year-old Alex Meschisvili in the town of Veria in February 2006.
Of the seven defendants on trial, only the mother of one boy was acquitted while the rest were found guilty of neglecting the supervision of a minor.
Each of the boys involved had individually confessed to killing Alex in statements to police and to burying his body in an abandoned building that was due to be demolished. Despite an extensive search, however, the missing boy's body was never found.
After the end of the hearing, Alex's mother Natela commented that her one concern was to find out what happened to her child. Her lawyer described the result as "moral vindication".