Nikolaos Makarezos, 90, one of the leaders of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974, died Monday, Greek media reported.

Col. Makarezos was the junta's chief economic policymaker who served as deputy prime minister and minister for coordination under dictator George Papadopoulos.

He was arrested after the fall of the dictatorship in 1974 and sentenced to death for treason - a sentence later commuted to life imprisonment. He was released in 1990 on the grounds of poor health.

Together with Papadopoulos and Stylianos Pattakos, Col. Makarezos was a ringleader of the military coup that seized power on April 21, 1967. Democracy was restored in 1974 after an abortive Athens-backed coup in Cyprus that led to Turkey invading the island. - AP