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Golden Dawn Trial Adjourned until Wednesday at 11:00

October 20, 2020

ATHENS — The Athens appeals court conducting the Golden Dawn trial has adjourned until 11:00 on Wednesday morning, after the presiding judge Maria Lepenioti on Tuesday questioned the recommendations made by public prosecutor Adamantia Economou regarding 11 of those on trial, noting that they have a criminal record and that some have served time for very serious offences.

The judge asked Economou to further clarify her proposal that sentences be suspended for the defendants, in a move that indicates the court's strong dissatisfaction with her proposals, and adjourned the session so that she might forward the files on the specific individuals sentenced by the court.

Economou did not change her proposal for the 11, however, noting that they had served their time in prison and had been released and that they have since abided by the terms imposed on them.

Lepenioti also raised the issue of the MEP Giannis Lagos, saying the prosecutor's proposal had failed to mention that he had violated the terms of house arrest imposed on him in 2015.

The court will now examine all the files in order to determine whether any of those convicted are considered liable to commit further crimes, which is crucial for deciding whether the sentences imposed on them should be suspended pending appeal.

Among those that Economou suggested should be released pending appeal are the two men convicted of murdering Shehzad Luqman, who were both given final sentences of 21 years imprisonment and have served their time in prison.

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