ATHENS — The Athens Appeals Court concluded its session on Wednesday by getting through the second addresses of the defence lawyers in support of a suspended sentence for their clients. The court is to reconvene on Thursday morning at 11:00 and may possibly announce its ruling on the suspension of sentences during the day's session.
The court session on Thursday will begin with the prosecutor's address on the requests made by former MP Ilias Kasidiaris, who has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for his role in Golden Dawn.
Earlier today, the Athens Appeals Court conducting the trial of Golden Dawn reconvened on Wednesday morning, with the court now called upon to decide which, if any, of the sentences handed down will be suspended pending appeal.
Former MP Ilias Kasidiaris, who has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for his part in Golden Dawn, was among those in the courtroom on Wednesday.
At the start of the day's session, the prosecutor on the bench Adamantia Economou asked to address the court and presented a lengthy rebuttal of what she perceived as the court's criticism of her proposal that sentences for the majority of those on trial be suspended.
The prosecutor insisted that her proposals had a sound basis in current penal code, where articles relating to those likely to re-offend have been removed except for specific crimes, and for this reason she stood by her recommendation for the release of the majority pending appeal, including MEP Yiannis Lagos, who has not asked for his sentence to be suspended, and those that have served time for other offences.
She also criticised the lawyers representing civil suits in the courtroom for their attacks against her.
The court session continued with the defence of Yiannis Lagos, while a request to address the court has been made by Kasidiaris.