Un­fair trial.

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The Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice yes­ter­day called on the Greek state to pay 22,000 eu­ros in dam­ages and court costs for Dim­itris Con­stas, a pro­fes­sor of Athens’s Pan­teio Univer­sity, af­ter rul­ing that the aca­demic had been de­nied the right to a fair trial in 2007. A court in Athens con­victed Con­stas to 14 years in jail for the al­leged em­bez­zle­ment of univer­sity funds. An­other nine univer­sity staff were also con­victed. The Lux­em­bourg-based court blamed crit­i­cal com­ments by Costas Kara­man­lis, who had been prime min­is­ter at the time, and by Sotiris Hatzi­gakis, then jus­tice min­is­ter, for prompt­ing a guilty ver­dict with­out a fair trial.

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