THE TRIAL DOCUMENTATION & MONITORING

Documentation

the trial & relevant documents

In September 2013, immediately after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, the Greek Police arrested the leadership of Golden Dawn, as well as tens of its party officials and members, who were involved in the criminal activities included in the huge case file. After a long inquest which lasted 9 months, the Court of Appeal decided with irrevocable decree that 69 individuals, including all of Golden Dawn’s Parliamentary Group from the 2012 elections, will stand trial charged with participation in a criminal organisation. Described in the 1109 pages of the decree are all of the crimes committed by Golden Dawn party officials and members since 2008.

 

 
On 20th April 2015 one of the most important trials in contemporary Greek history will begin. It is set to be a huge process that is expected to last several months. The victims and their relatives will join the proceedings as a civil party in three cases, the case of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, the case of attempted murder and attacks on Egyptian fishermen, as well as the case of attempted murder against the trade unionists from PAME (Trade Union Front). We believe that this trial concerns all of us, because the outcome will be a milestone as much in local politics as in Greek society. Golden Dawn themselves are trying to establish a regime of fear and to keep their actions secret. Until now, whenever its members of parliament, party officials or members has been involved in trials, the organisation has used terror tactics both inside and outside of the courtroom and tried to establish a regime of fear.

Due to the huge significance of this trial, we consider it our obligation to monitor it closely and our duty to overcome fear.

 

Monitoring

summary reports of each hearing

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    DAY 187: “THERE CAN BE NO DIALOGUE WITH NAZI FANATICS”

    187th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, October 5th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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    DAY 186: “IT’S A PURELY NAZI ORGANIZATION”

    186th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, October 4th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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    Day 184: The attacks illustrated the ideology of Golden Dawn

    184th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, September 28th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was limited attendance by the public, but significant presence of members of the press.

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    DAY 182: Use of violence for political ends

    182nd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, September 20th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was limited attendance by the public, but significant presence of members of the press.

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    Day 181: Nothing happened in Golden Dawn without an order or a direct permission.

    181st Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, September 18th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was a larger number of people in the audience today, compared to other hearings,

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    DAY 179: Most of Golden Dawn’s criminal activities fell under a central strategy

    179th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, September 14th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was limited attendance by the public, but significant presence of members of the press.

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    DAY 173: “WE WILL CLEAN UP AS WE DID IN AGIOS PANTELEIMONAS”

    173rd Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 13th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. There were many journalists and spectators in

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    DAY 172: “EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT THEY WERE OUT TO HUNT IMMIGRANTS”

    172nd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, July 11th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were few spectators and journalists in court today. II. Presence and representation of the

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    DAY 171: “THIS WAS A FRIENDLY MATCH”

    171st Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 10th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. There were many journalists and spectators in

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    DAY 170: “IN ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THIS THERE IS A KIND OF OMERTA”

    170th Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 6th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was limited attendance by the public, but significant presence of members of the press. II.

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    DAY 169: “WHATEVER IT WAS, NOTHING CAN JUSTIFY A STABBING”

    169th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, July 5th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. There were many journalists and spectators

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    DAY 168: “THE ASSAULT SQUADS ARE GOLDEN DAWN’S BEATING HEART”

    168th Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 4th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. There were many journalists and spectators in

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    DAY 162: “THEY TRULY HAD IMMUNITY BACK THEN”

    162nd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, June 8th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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     DAY 160: “EVERY ASSAULT OF UNCERTAIN OUTCOME IS POTENTIALLY MURDEROUS”

    160th Hearing, Court of Appeals, June 2nd, 2017   I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. There was increased attendance by members

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    DAY 159: “DISENGAGE!”

    159th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, June 1st, 2017   I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. There were many journalists and

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    DAY 157: “THE NICE JOBS ARE DONE AT NIGHT”

    156th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, May 26th, 2017   I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few members of the press

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    DAY 156: “THE KNIVES WILL COME OUT AFTER THE ELECTIONS”

    156th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, May 23rd, 2017   Ι. Access to the Court   The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators

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    DAY 154: STATEMENTS CONCERNING THE WITNESS TESTIMONIES

    154th Hearing, Court of Appeals, May 16th, 2017   I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. There was reduced attendance by the

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    DAY 153: TRIAL RECESSED

    153rd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, May 15th, 2017 Ι. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. No journalists or spectators were present

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    DAY 152: “THE NUMBER OF ASSAULTS AND VICTIMS IS TOO HIGH”

    152nd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, May 10th, 2017   Ι. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed

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    DAY 151: “EVEN HIS SWEETEST WORDS ARE FILLED WITH VIOLENCE”

    151st Hearing, Court of Appeals, May 8th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was increased attendance by the public and members of the press. ΙΙ. Presence and representation

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    DAY 150: “WITHOUT VIOLENCE GOLDEN DAWN CEASES TO EXIST”

    150th Hearing, Court of Appeals, May 3rd, 2017   I. Access to the Court   The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Audience and press attendance was slightly increased compared to other hearings.   ΙΙ. Presence and

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    DAY 149: “ONE OF THEM WAS HOLDING US WHILE THE OTHERS WERE BEATING US”

    149th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, May 2nd, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was limited attendance by the public, but significant presence of members of the press.  

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    DAY 148: “CHIEF AMONG THE ASSAILANTS WAS MP MICHOS”

    148th Hearing, Court of Appeals, April 27th, 2017   I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Many journalists and spectators showed up in court today.   ΙΙ. Presence and representation of

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    DAY 146: “THESE ACTIONS POINT TO A PARASTATE”

    146th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, April 12th, 2017   I. Access to the Court   The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators

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    DAY 145: “CREATING A CLIMATE OF TENSION”

    145th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, April 11th, 2017    I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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    DAY 144: “LIKE A SOLID MASS”

    144th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, April 10th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up in

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    DAY 143: “JUST DON’T MAKE ME MAD”

    143rd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, April 7th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up in

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    DAY 142: “NAZIS ARE IN CHARGE HERE NOW”

    142nd Hearing, Court of Appeals, April 6th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance from members of the press, reduced public attendance, and increased police presence in

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    DAY 141: “WE SHOULD ATTACK ALL THOSE WE DEEM OUR ENEMIES”

    141st Hearing, Court of Appeals, March 30th, 2017  I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was increased public attendance, and there were many members of the press present at the hearing.

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    DAY 140: “THREE MEN DOWN, MANY PEOPLE, AND BLOOD ON THE FLOOR

    140th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, March 20th, 2017  I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was limited attendance by the public, but significant presence of members of the press. II.

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    DAY 139: “IT COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN THEM WHO ATTACKED US, GOLDEN DAWN”

    139th Hearing, Court of Appeals, March 16th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance from members of the press, reduced public attendance, and increased police presence

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    DAY 138: “THEY WERE HITTING US WITH WOODEN CLUBS”

    138th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, March 14th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were very few members of the press in the courtroom, a small number of

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    DAY 137: “THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A FIGHT, FOR VIOLENCE”

    137th Hearing, Court of Appeals, March 13th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance from members of the press, reduced public attendance, and increased police presence

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    DAY 136: “WE KNOW WHERE HE IS, WE’LL BRING YOU HIS HEAD”

    136th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, March 9th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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    DAY 135: “THEY COULD DO ANYTHING THEY WANTED WITHOUT REPERCUSSIONS”

    135th Hearing, Court of Appeals, March 8th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was a relatively limited attendance from members of the press, reduced public attendance, and the

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    DAY 133: “ALL THIS STOPPED BECAUSE OF FYSSAS’ DEATH”

    133rd Hearing, Court of Appeals, March 3rd, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance from members of the press, reduced public attendance, and increased police presence

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    DAY 132: “THE CAUSE OF THE ATTACKS IS RACISM”

    132nd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, March 2nd, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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    DAY 131: “IT’S NOT MUSIC THAT’S THE PROBLEM, IT’S FASCISM”

    131st Hearing, Court of Appeals, February 28th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was increased public attendance, and there were many members of the press present at the

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    DAY 130: “THEY ARE FACELESS, THEY JUST BURN EVERYTHING AND LEAVE”

    130th Hearing, Court of Appeals, February 24th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance from members of the press, reduced public attendance, and increased police presence

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    DAY 129: “TIME’S UP”

    129th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, February 23rd, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Many journalists and spectators showed up

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    Day 128: Coordinated attack of an assault squad

    128th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, February 16th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was reduced public attendance, and there were members of the press present at the

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    DAY 127: “WHERE’S YOUR PAVLOS NOW?”

    127th Hearing, Court of Appeals, February 14th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists present in the courtroom, and a great number of spectators. II. Presence of

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    DAY 126: THE CHRONICLE OF A COMMANDO ATTACK

    126th Hearing, Court of Appeals, February 10th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant public attendance, as well as members of the press present at the hearing.

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    DAY 125: “SYNERGEIO” AND THE PIECE OF PAPER

    125th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, February 9th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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    DAY 124: “WE WERE ORDERED TO WAIT AND REPORT”

    124th Hearing, Court of Appeals, February 7th, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was reduced public attendance, and there were members of the press present at the hearing.

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    DAY 123: “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”

    123rd Hearing, Court of Appeals, February 2nd, 2017 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was reduced public attendance, and there were members of the press present at the hearing. 

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    DAY 122: “NONE OF US SHOULD FEEL SAFE”

    122nd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, February 1st, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was limited attendance by the public, but significant presence of members of the press.

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    DAY 121: “THE ATTACK WAS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT”

    121st Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, January 26th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until every audience seat in the courtroom is filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

  • DAY 120: “I DIDN’T SEE, I DON’T REMEMBER, I DON’T KNOW”

    120th Hearing, Court of Appeals, January 25th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was reduced public attendance, and there were members of the press present at the hearing. 

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    DAY 118: THREE VERSIONS OF A SINGLE WOODEN POLE

    118th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, January 20th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was reduced public attendance, but there were members of the press present at the

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    DAY 117: “THE NEXT ONE IS FOR YOUR HEAD”

    117th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, January 19th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Few journalists and spectators showed up

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    DAY 116: “THEY TRAPPED US LIKE RATS”

    116th Hearing, Court of Appeals, January 17th, 2017 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists present in the courtroom, and a great number of spectators. 2. Presence of

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    DAY 115: “MY T-SHIRT WAS COVERED IN BLOOD”

    115th Hearing, Court of Appeals, January 16th, 2017 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists present in the courtroom, as well as a small number of spectators. 2.

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    DAY 114: “THE ASSAILANTS DID NOT HAVE THEIR FACES COVERED”

    114th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, January 12th, 2017   Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was reduced public attendance, but there were members of the press present at the

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    DAY 112: “THE ENTIRE GOLDEN DAWN IS AN ASSAULT SQUAD”

    112th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, December 22nd, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists present and a small number of spectators. 2. Presence of defendants Present

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    DAY 42: “WE WERE CONCERNED BUT DIDN’T ARREST ANYONE”

    42nd Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens 22 December 2015 I. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The size of the crowd in the gallery was the same as in the previous hearing. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied.

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    DAY 110: WITNESS TESTIMONIES OF KARABERIS AND ZYMARIS

    110th Hearing, Court of Appeals, December 16th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was reduced public attendance, but there were members of the press present at the hearing.

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    DAY 108: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS AND PLAINTIFF STAVROS LEFKODIMITRIS

    108th Hearing, Court of Appeals, December 6th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Today’s proceedings were held in Korydallos, where

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    DAY 106: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS AND PLAINTIFF MICHAIL VAXEVANIS

    106th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, November 29th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists and a number of spectators present in the courtroom. 2. Presence of defendants

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    DAY 104: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS AND PLAINTIFF K. DIAMANTAKIS

    104th Hearing, Court of Appeals, November 22th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. ΙΙ. Presence and

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    Day 102: Cross-examination of witness and plaintiff Panagiotis Goutis

    102nd hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, November 11th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists and a number of spectators present. II. Presence and representation of the

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    DAY 101: Continuation of cross-examination of witness Sotiris Poulikogiannis

    101th Hearing, Court of Appeals, November 10th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was a significant number of spectators, but the hearing lacked the tension of the previous

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    DAY 99: Examination of witness and plaintiff Sotiris Poulikogiannis

    99th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, 3 November 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session, until all audience seats in the courtroom are filled. Confusion was caused today at 09:00, when

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    Day 96: Statements by the defense counsels

    96th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, October 24, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Present at this hearing were some members of the press as well as an increased

  • DAY 95: COMMENTS CONCERNING THE WITNESS TESTIMONIES

    95th Hearing, Court of Appeals, October 20th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Compared with other hearings, audience and journalist attendance was limited. II. Presence and representation of the

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    DAY 94: CONCLUSION OF CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESS AHMED ABOU HAMED

    94th Hearing, Court of Appeals, October 18th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists and a number of spectators present. II. Presence and representation of the defendants

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    DAY 93: CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESS AHMED ABOU HAMED

    93rd Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, October 14th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists present, as well as a number of spectators (among them K. Kouneva, Member

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    DAY 92: CONTINUATION OF CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESS POLYCHRONIDOU

    92nd Hearing, Court of Appeals, October 13th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. II. Presence

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    DAY 91: CROSS-EXAMINATION OF POLICE OFFICER POLYCHRONIDOU

    91th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, October 11th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Audience and journalist attendance was limited, compared to other hearings. II. Presence and representation of

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    DAY 90: CONTINUATION OF CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESS ABOU HAMED MOHAMMED

    90th Hearing, Court of Appeals, October 7th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Audience attendance was limited compared to other hearings. Present were photographers and members of the press.

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    DAY 89: CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESS ABOU HAMED MOHAMMED

    89th Hearing, Court of Appeals, October 5th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant audience attendance, and the presiding judge requested at the start of the proceedings

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    DAY 88: CONTINUATION OF CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESS KONSTANTINOS TATSIOPOULOS

    88th Hearing, Court of Appeals, September 27th, 2016 I. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. II. Presence

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    DAY 87: CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESS KONSTANTINOS TATSIOPOULOS

    87th Hearing, Court of Appeals, September 23rd, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant audience attendance, and the presiding judge frequently asked for order in the courtroom;

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    DAY 86: WITNESS TESTIMONY OF ABOU HAMED SAAD

    86th Hearing, Court of Appeals, September 19th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists and a number of spectators present. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants

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    DAY 85: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS ABOU HAMED SAAD

    85th Hearing, Court of Appeals, September 13th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists and a small number of spectators present. 2.  Presence and representation of the

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    DAY 84: WITNESS TESTIMONY OF EMBARAK ABOUZIDE

    84th Hearing, Court of Appeals, September 12th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. 2. Presence

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    DAY 83: WITNESS TESTIMONY OF ABOUZIDE EMBARAK

    83rd Hearing, Court of Appeals, September 9th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public and members of the press. 2. Presence and representation

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    DAY 82: WITNESS TESTIMONY OF EIRINI FYSSAS

    82nd hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, September 8th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There were journalists present and a very small number of spectators in the audience. 2.

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    DAY 81: COMMENTS CONCERNING THE WITNESS TESTIMONIES

    81st Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, September 6th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Audience and journalist attendance was limited.  2. Presence and representation of the defendants Present at

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    DAY 80: CONTINUATION OF WITNESS TESTIMONY OF ANASTASIOS TSOLAKIDIS

    80th Hearing, Court of Appeals, September 5th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. 2. Presence

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    DAY 79: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS ANASTASIOS TSOLAKIDIS

    79th Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 25th, 2016 1. Access to the Court An altercation was caused during the audience’s entry to the courtroom, and as a result tensions rose and the process was delayed. The members of the court appeared at 09:25 and after a brief consultation with the police officer on duty, the

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    Day 78: Testimony of witnesses Roupakia (continued) and Christidis

    78th Hearing, Athens Court of Appeals, 21 July 2016 1. Court access The courtroom remains open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which the police retain for the duration of the session. Spectators and press were present. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants Only two defendants, Ioannis Komianos and Giorgos

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    DAY 77: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS N. CHATZIEFSTRATIOU

    77th Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 19th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public, as well as members of the press. 2. Presence

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    Day 77: Testimony of witness Hatziefstratiou

    77th Hearing, Ceremonial Hall, Athens Court of Appeals, 19 July 2016 1. Court access The courtroom remains to be open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by police for the session. There was a large attendance by spectators and press. 2. Presence and representation of defendants Sixteen of

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    Day 76: Testimony of witness Roupakia (continued)

    76th Hearing, Ceremonial Hall, Athens Court of Appeals, 18 July 2016 Ι.Court access The courtroom remains open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which the police retain for the duration of the session. Spectators and press were present. ΙΙ.Presence and representation of the defendants Sixteen of the 18 defendants whose physical

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    DAY 75: CONTINUATION OF WITNESS TESTIMONY OF KONTONIKOLAS

    75th Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 15th, 2016 1.  Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. 2. Presence

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    Day 75: Testimony of witness Kontonikolas (continued)

    75th Hearing, Ceremonial Hall, Athens Court of Appeals, Athens, 15 July 2016 1. Court access The courtroom remains open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which police retain for the session. Spectators and press were present. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants Fourteen of the 18 defendants whose physical presence

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    DAY 74: WITNESS TESTIMONY OF KONTONIKOLAS

    74th Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 14th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. 2. Presence

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    Day 74: Cross-examination of witness Ilias Kontonikolas

    74th Hearing, Ceremonial Hall, Athens Court of Appeals, Athens, 14 July 2016 1. Court access The courtroom remains open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which the police retain for the duration of the session. Spectators and press were present. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants Fifteen of the 18

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    DAY 73: WITNESS TESTIMONY OF KONTONIKOLAS

    73rd Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 11th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. 2. Presence

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    DAY 72: EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES D. CHATZISTAMATIS AND D. VINTSIS

    72nd Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 8th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Not many spectators were present at the start of the trial, but gradually the courtroom filled

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    Day 73: Testimony of Vintsis and Kontonikolas

    73rd Hearing, Ceremonial Hall, Athens Court of Appeals, 8 July 2016 I.Court access The courtroom remains open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which the police retain for the session. Spectators and press were present. II. Presence and representation of the defendants Seven of the 18 defendants whose physical presence was

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    DAY 71: EXAMINATION OF WITNESS D. CHATZISTAMATIS

    71st Hearing, Court of Appeals, July 4th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. There was significant attendance by the public as well as members of the press. 2.  Presence

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    Day 69: Cross-examination of Xypolitos (continued)

    69th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 28 June 2016 1. Court access The courtroom remains open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by police for duration of the session. Apart from journalists and the Fyssas family, there were few spectators present. 2. Presence and representation of defendants

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    DAY 68: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS MICHAIL KSYPOLITOS

    68th Hearing, Court of Appeals, June 27th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The court convened for the first time in the Court of Appeals after the transfer of the trial’s location from the women’s wing of Korydallos Prison to the ceremony hall in the Athens Court of Appeals. The hearing was plagued by dozens

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    DAY 67: TESTIMONY OF WITNESS N. MANTAS

    67th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, June 24th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. Relatively few spectators turned up, but there were many members of the press present, as

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    DAY 64: “I’M ONE OF YOU, I’M GOLDEN DAWN”

    64th Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, June 3rd, 2016   1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants Present at the start of the proceedings

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    DAY 63: TRIAL RECESSED FOR JUNE 3RD

    63rd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, May 30th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. No spectators were present at this hearing except for a few relatives of the

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    DAY 62: APPOINTMENT OF NEW DEFENSE COUNSELS AND TRIAL RECESS

    62nd Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, May 26th, 2016 1. Access to the Court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. At today’s hearing there was virtually no spectators in the courtroom. 2. Presence and

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    DAY 61: APPOINTMENT OF NEW DEFENSE COUNSELS AND TRIAL RECESS

    61st Hearing, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, May 25th, 2016 1. Court Access  The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. At today’s hearing there were virtually no spectators in the courtroom. 2. Presence and representation of the

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    DAY 60

    60th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 20 May 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 59: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 20TH OF MAY

    59th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 9 May 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 58: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 9th OF MAY DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    58th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 6 May 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 57: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 6th OF MAY DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    57th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 18 April 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 56: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 18TH OF APRIL DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    56th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 5 April 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 55: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 5TH OF APRIL DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    55th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 29 March 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 54: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 29TH OF MARCH DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    54th Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 21 March 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 53: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 21ST OF MARCH DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    53rd Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 8 March 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 52: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 8TH OF MARCH DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    52nd Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 4 March 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 51: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 2ND OF MARCH DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    51st Hearing, Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 25 February 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the declared

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    DAY 50: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 25TH OF FEBRUARY DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    50th Hearing, Three-Member Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 23 February 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the

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    DAY 49: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 23RD OF FEBRUARY DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    49th Hearing, Three-Member Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 16 February 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the

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    DAY 48: TRIAL RECESSED UNTIL THE 16TH OF FEBRUARY DUE TO LAWYERS’ STRIKE

    48th Hearing, Three-Member Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 12 February 2016 I. Access to the court The courtroom remains open to the public upon presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by court authorities for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings there were no spectators due to the

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    Day 44: Trial recessed due to lawyers’ strike

    44th Hearing, Three-Member Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 12 January 2016 Ι. Court access The courtroom remains open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by police for the duration of the session. During today’s proceedings, there were no spectators due to the declared lawyers’ strike. ΙΙ.

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    Day 43: “We couldn’t prevent the murder. We did what we could”

    43rd Hearing, Three-Member Criminal Appeals Court, Women’s Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 11 January 2016 1. Court access The proceedings remain open to the public on presentation of a state ID card, which is retained by police for the duration of the session. The courtroom had roughly the same number of spectators today as at the

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    DAY 41: “I DON’T KNOW. I CAN’T REMEMBER”

    41st Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens 22 December 2015 I. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The crowd was smaller than at the previous hearing. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. II. Presence and representation of the defendants

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    DAY 40: “I DON’T KNOW GOLDEN DAWN’S IDEOLOGY”

    40th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 16 December 2015 I. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. There was a larger crowd in attendance than at the previous hearing. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. II. Presence and representation

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    DAY 39: “IT WAS SUCH A SMALL KNIFE”

    39th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 16 December 2015 I. Court Access Hearings remain open to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The crowd was smaller than in the previous hearing. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. II. Presence and representation of the defendants

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    DAY 38: “IT WAS A SURPRISE ATTACK – AN AMBUSH”

    38th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 10 December 2015 I. Court access Hearings remain open to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The crowd had increased since the previous hearing. However, some seats in the gallery remained empty. The spaces reserved for journalists were almost always occupied.

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    DAY 37: “I SENSE SOME AGGRESSION IN YOUR QUESTIONS”

    37th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 9 December 2015 I. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The crowd had thinned since the previous hearing. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. II. Presence and representation of the defendants Seven

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    DAY 36: THEY WERE POISED TO ATTACK

    36th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 8 December 2015 I. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. There were more members of the public in attendance than at the previous hearing. However, some seats in the gallery remained empty. The spaces reserved for

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    DAY 35: TRIAL UNDER CONDITIONS OF TERROR

    35th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 4 December 2015 Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The attendance has thinned. We note here that spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. Presence and representation of the defendants Seven (7) defendants were

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    DAY 34: DEFENCE LAWYERS THREATEN WITNESS: “YOU CAN’T SAVE HER”

    34th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 2 December 2015 Court access Hearings continue to be accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. However, the crowd in the courtroom had thinned. We note again that spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. A malfunctioning microphone was

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    DAY 33: “FASCISTS, GO AWAY!”

     33rd Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 25 November 2015   Court access  Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The crowd had thickened since the previous hearing. However, some seats remained empty towards the end. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied.

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    DAY 32: “I OWE PAVLOS MY LIFE”

    32nd Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 24 November 2015 Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The crowd had thickened since the previous hearing. However, some seats remained empty towards the end. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. Presence

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    DAY 31. “I DIDN’T GO OUTSIDE; I JUST MINDED MY OWN BUSINESS”

    31st Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 19 November 2015 Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. However, the crowd in the courtroom had thinned. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. Presence and representation of the defendants Eight (8) defendants

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    DAY 30: THE ODDS WERE ENTIRELY AGAINST FYSSAS

    30th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 18 November 2015 1. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The seats in the public gallery were taken up as usual, with no significant change in terms of numbers from the previous hearing. The spaces

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    DAY 29: “THEY CLEARLY WERE NOT OLYMPIAKOS SUPPORTERS”

    29th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prisons, Athens, 13 November 2015. 1. Court Access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The crowd had thickened since the previous hearing. However, some seats remained empty towards the end. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied.

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    DAY 28: ADJOURNED DUE TO STRIKE

    28th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 12 November 2015 1. Court access Hearings continue to be accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. However, turnout was low due to the strike. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants Five (5) defendants were present at the beginning

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    DAY 27: “E6: Fifty People With Clubs Are Outside Koralli”

    27th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 10 November 2015 1. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. However, the crowd in the courtroom had thinned. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. The malfunctioning microphone identified on the 25th day

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    DAY 26: “PAVLOS DIED HELPLESSLY, KILLED IN FRONT OF THE POLICE”

    26th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 6 November 2015 1. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. However, the crowd in the courtroom had thinned. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. A malfunctioning microphone added to the list of

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    DAY 25: “DON’T SAY ANYTHING TO ANYONE. I’M ONE OF YOU; I’M A GOLDEN DAWNER”

    25th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 4 November 2015 1. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance.  However, the crowd in the courtroom had thinned. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied.  A malfunctioning microphone added to the list of

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    DAY 24: “THERE WAS NO CONFRONTATION; THEY JUST ATTACKED US”

    24th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 22 October 2015 1. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. However, there were fewer members of the public in attendance than at the previous hearing. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. 2.

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    DAY 23: “YOU’RE NEXT; WE’RE GOING TO KILL YOU”

    23rd Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 21 October 2015 1. Court access Hearings remain accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. However, there were fewer members of the public in attendance than at the previous hearing. The spaces reserved for journalists are almost always occupied. 2.

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    DAY 22: “WHO FOUND THE KNIFE?”

    22nd Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 15 October 2015 1. Court access Hearings continue to be accessible to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The courtroom was packed. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants Nine (9) defendants were present at the beginning of the hearing. Thirteen

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    DAY 21: EVERYONE I ASKED REPLIED, “NO, I JUST GOT HERE”

    21st Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 13 October 2015 1. Court access Hearings remain open to members of the public, provided they present their identity cards at the entrance. The courtroom was packed. 2. Presence and representation of the defendants Eleven (11) defendants were present at the beginning of the hearing, while the absence

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    DAY 20: “AN ARMED MAN NEVER HAS GOOD INTENTIONS”

    20th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prisons, Athens, 8 October 2015 1. Court access Many seats were empty, even though the police authorities now allow access to anyone wishing to follow the trial, provided they present their identity cards upon entering the courtroom. The venue remains the same. It emerged that the large hall in Athens

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    DAY 19: “THEY CAME TO MY HOME AND KILLED MY CHILD”

    19th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 6 October 2015 1. Court access This hearing reconfirmed the police’s policy to grant access to any interested citizen provided they display their identity cards. The courtroom was packed. As regards the prospect of a change of venue, the matter was sidelined once again. 2. Presence and representation

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    DAY 18. “They were looking to make a kill and they did”

    18th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison, Athens, 2 October 2015 1. Court access The hearing reconfirmed that the police’s new policy is to grant access to any interested citizen provided they display their identity cards. The courtroom was packed. Regarding the prospect of a change of venue, the matter was sidelined once again. 2. Presence

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    DAY 17: “IF YOU HAD ANY RESPECT FOR ME, YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE”

    As the trial moved on to taking evidence from witnesses, Panagiotis Fyssas, father of the murdered singer Pavlos Fyssas, recounted to the court what he had experienced on the night his son was attacked by a group of 20-strong group of Golden Dawners and later stabbed by Giorgos Roupakias 17th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prison,

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    DAY 16: THE INDICTMENT

    After ruling a number of objections from the defence as inadmissible, the court proceeded with the reading of the incitement, which enabled the public to begin to understand and analyse the substance of the case and the offences allegedly perpetrated by the defendants.

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    DAY 15: PRE-ELECTION CONCERNS

    After the prosecutor proposed the turning down of the defence’s application for the preliminary investigation to be declared null and void, the defence requested that the trial be adjourned in light of the forthcoming elections so that the Golden Dawn leadership would not be damaged politically by the media’s reports on the proceedings

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    DAY 14: SUPSENSION DUE TO ABSENCES ΙΙ

    14th Hearing, Women’s Sections, Korydallos Prisons, Athens, 28/07/2015 1. The courtroom: As regards the public nature of the trial, the same conditions applied, given this sitting was held in the same, clearly unsuitable hall in Korydallos prison as the previous thirteen hearings, rendering public access to the trial impossible. These restrictive circumstances continue despite the

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    DAY 13: SUSPENSION DUE TO ABSENCES

    13th Hearing, Women’s Section, Korydallos Prisons, Athens 21/07/2015 1. The courtroom: As regards the public nature of the trial, the same conditions applied, given this sitting was held in the same, clearly unsuitable hall in Korydallos prison as the previous twelve hearings, rendering public access to the trial impossible. These restrictive circumstances continue despite the

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    Day 12: The machinations of the defence

    The court rules that the remark “The defendants are all members of the same political party”, made by a defence lawyer at the last hearing but subsequently retracted, should be entered into the court record. The court also heard more objections from the defence as well as another call from the civil action for audio recordings to be made of the trial.

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    Day 11: “The defendants are all members of the same political party”

    Counsel for the civil action staged a walk out from the proceedings after a statement from one defence counsel, that “though not all the defendants are MPs, they are all members of the same political party”, was omitted from the court record. In a letter of protest, civil action lawyers said the omission highlights the need for the trial to be recorded.

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    Day 10: DECIDING THE MATTER OF CIVIL ACTION; THE DEFENSE OBJECTS

    Rejecting requests from the counsel for the civil action, the court ruled against allowing the Golden Dawn trial to be filmed. The court also heard objections from the defence counsel for the Golden Dawn leader that the trial was invalid due to the alleged interference of the then government in the judicial system after the Fyssas murder

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    DAY 9: Civil action barred from the trial of Golden Dawn leadership

    The court ruled that civil parties could participate in the trial of individual defendants who are accused of direct involvement in criminal acts such as murder, attempted murder and disturbing the domestic peace. However, in announcing the court’s decision, the presiding judge ruled against the civil parties taking part in the trial against the leadership of Golden Dawn for forming and directing a criminal organisation.

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    DAY 8: The defence’s objections

    Arguing that individual Golden Dawn members would have never have engaged in criminal activity without having received orders from the organisation’s leaders, lawyers for the civil action continued to lay out the reasons why they should be allowed participate in to the trial. In their rejoinders, most defence lawyers dismissed these arguments on legal grounds.

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    DAY 6: THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR’S PROPOSAL

    The court was adjourned at 13:40 and will pick up on Monday 22.6.2015 at 9:00 in the same hall. The individuals declaring themselves civil plaintiffs and counsel for the defense will each voice their stance on the Prosecutor’s proposal. Following this, the President and other members of the tribunal will settle on a final decision on the matter.

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    Day 5: Objections of the Defence

    P. Michalolias (photo), counsel and brother to N. Michaloliakos, added that in the particular case referent to art. 18, there is no legitimate reason to involve civil parties given no damaged person/good has been specified, nor can damage to society more broadly be argued, as otherwise it would be an issue of “popular civil action”. The following speakers voiced their agreement with Mr. Michalolias’s position.

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    DAY 4: ONSLAUGHT AND WITHDRAWAL

    Due to the departure of the defense counsel, the President interrupted the hearing and the court was adjourned until 04/06/2015, at 10:30 in the same hall.

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    Day 3: Declaration of the victims

    Furthermore, all of the above declared their attendance as civil parties in the prosecution of all those accused of membership, participation and leadership of the criminal organization, “People’s Association – Golden Dawn”

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    Day 2: THE REPETITION

    It was eventually agreed that the legal recognition of Civil Action would be determined in subsequent hearings.