Ma­jor drug-smug­gling trial moved to Athens court

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A ma­jor drug-smug­gling trial that be­gan this week at a court in Pi­raeus is to be trans­ferred to the Athens Ap­peals Court, the Supreme Court de­cided yesterday. Judges took the de­ci­sion af­ter some of the lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the 33 sus­pects com­plained that the court in Pi­raeus was too small. The trial con­cerns 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 were the ship’s crew. Most of the sus­pects face charges of drug smug­gling and form­ing a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion. The drugs were found in a ware­house in Koropi, east of Athens, and at a villa in the north­ern sub­urb of Filothei. The Supreme Court said that the new court will sit ev­ery day apart from Wed­nes­days and Oc­to­ber 23 specif­i­cally. Of the 33 peo­ple stand­ing trial, 25 are in cus­tody but the max­i­mum 18-month pre-trial de­ten­tion pe­riod will ex­pire for some of them on De­cem­ber 13.

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