Brief pause in drug trial

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The big­gest drug-smug­gling trial in Greek history opened at a Pi­raeus court yesterday but was al­most im­me­di­ately post­poned un­til to­mor­row af­ter lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the 33 de­fen­dants com­plained that the premises were too cramped. It re­mained un­clear late last night where the pro­ceed­ings would re­sume as two ma­jor tri­als are al­ready un­der way at the Athens Ap­peals Court, which was pro­posed by the lawyers as an al­ter­na­tive. The sus­pects face charges of drug smug­gling and form­ing a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of 2 tons of heroin in Athens last year. The drug was shipped to Greece on board the Noor 1 cargo ship. Eleven of those charged are the ship’s crew.

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