Landmark drug-smuggling case opens today
A court in Piraeus is today to begin hearing one of the biggest drug-smuggling cases in Greek history.
A total of 33 people, 25 of whom are currently in custody, are to stand trial in connection with the discovery of more than 2 tons of heroin in Athens last year.
The drugs were shipped to Greece on board the Noor 1 cargo ship. Eleven of the suspects are members of the ship’s crew, all Indian na- tionals. The others charged include a shipowner and a car dealer, as well as four Turkish nationals.
Most of the suspects face charges of drug smuggling and forming a criminal organization.
Some others face additional charges of fuel smuggling as 18 tons of illegal fuel were found on board the vessel in eight tanks.
The drugs were found in a warehouse in Koropi, east of Athens, and at a villa in the northern suburb of Filothei in the summer of last year. The drugs were destroyed in an incinerator in an undisclosed area outside Athens under the supervision of a prosecutor.
The trial will go ahead despite the fact that the judge originally slated to hear the case pulled out last week, citing health problems. The last-minute hitch prompted the Supreme Court to launch an investigation.