Twelve attorneys call for acceleration of proceedings
Twelve attorneys for the prosecution in the ongoing trial against neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have filed a petition demanding that the proceedings be expedited with daily sessions that will be restricted to the Athens Court of Appeals. The case against the leadership, key officials and members of Golden Dawn, sparked by the fatal stabbing of rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013 by a member of the far-right party, started in April 2015 and aims to rule whether the party is a criminal organization. There have been 253 trial sessions to date and at the current pace it is expected to drag on until at least 2020. Nearly 250 prosecution witnesses have taken the stand, while there are at least 230 witnesses for the defense still to be examined.