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Criticism amid trial of alleged urban terrorists

Δημοσίευση 19 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:00 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Criticism amid trial of alleged urban terrorists
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The newly formed Democratic Alliance party on Tuesday strongly criticised the government and competent ministers for the incidents that marked the opening of the trial of suspected members of the “Conspiracy of Cells of Fire”, a self-styled "anti-state" terrorist group on Monday.

The newly formed Democratic Alliance party on Tuesday strongly criticised the government and competent ministers for the incidents that marked the opening of the trial of suspected members of the “Conspiracy of Cells of Fire”, a self-styled "anti-state" terrorist group on Monday.

Party founder Dora Bakoyannis stressed that “what went on is a cause for concern”.

“Extreme behaviour, revolutionary gymnastics and intimidation practices - targeting court judges inside and outside the courtroom - imposed to the detriment of Democracy are unacceptable. The Justice and Citizen Protection ministers apparently have not realized the crucial nature of the matter and the high risk involved,” Bakoyannis stressed.

Amongst others, nine defendants -- six remanded in custody and three on bail -- demanded that supporters wishing to attend the trial not show or submit police IDs upon entering the specially modified courtroom at the Korydallos penitentiary, near the port of Piraeus; that the proceedings be taped; that their handcuffs be removed, as well as prohibiting what they identified as plainclothes police officers from the courtroom. No information was given as to how the defendants detected the undercover officers.

The Democratic Alliance party was founded last year by former foreign minister Bakoyannis after her expulsion from main opposition New Democracy (ND) party. Bakoyannis is the widow of politician Pavlos Bakoyannis, who was gunned down in broad daylight by the once-elusive ultra-leftist terror gang "November 17".