Lawyers ask for hear­ings to be speeded up

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Ahead of the sched­uled re­sump­tion of the long-run­ning trial over the al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to­mor­row, the lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the plain­tiffs have called for daily hear­ings to speed up the pro­ceed­ings in case a new coro­n­avirus out­break in the fall leads to courts be­ing closed again. In a let­ter to the Athens Ap­peals Court, the 10 lawyers ex­pressed con­cern that the trial, which started over four years ago, may be ex­tended in­def­i­nitely if there’s a new out­break in the coun­try in the com­ing months. They pro­posed that the trial con­tinue through June, July and Septem­ber, not­ing that GD de­fense at­tor­neys are seek­ing to ad­dress the court again, which will cause ad­di­tional de­lays. The court hear­ings could be com­pleted in Oc­to­ber if the plain­tiffs’ re­quest is adopted, their lawyers said. In any case, the Athens Ap­peals Court com­plex meets all the nec­es­sary safety mea­sures for pro­ceed­ings to con­tinue over the com­ing months, when pub­lic at­ten­dance is ex­pected to be low, they said.

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