Reported by Petros Yiotis (kontra)
On the ground of the absence of technical infrastructure,
the court rejected the demand for officially recorded minutes
of the proceeding of the trial. Despite this, a private company,
sponsored by the Union of owners
of Daily Newspapers, was allowed into the courtroom to record
and publish the proceedings, for the media. This is however informal.
Objections were submitted by the defence, regarding the
unacceptability of the appeal by the public prosecutors in the
case of initially acquitted defendants, on the grounds that the
appeals do not include specific and thorough arguments, as requires
by the law. Objections were submitted by the advocates of defence
of Aggeliki Sotiropoulou and Yiannis Serifis, that
had been acquitted initially, as well as Nikos Papanastasiou
and Patroklos Tselentis, that had been initially acquitted for
certain actions. The public prosecutors proposed the rejection
of the objections The himself and the
political education. It should be noted that in case Yiannis Serifis
the public prosecutors of the first trial appealed against their
own proposal. They had proposed that he was acquitted due to prescription,
the court acquitted him because of doubts, and the prosecutors
appealed this ruling asking that he be declared guilty!!
When the defence advocate Yianna Kourtovic reported that
she had become aware of pressures on the judges from various directions.
The public prosecutor felt offended and protested.
Dimitris Koufontinas intervened with an intense statement.
Addressing the court he said:
"It is true, however, that there have been pressures.
In a political trial, political pressures are practised. We are
in an environment of multiple pressures from Americans, from the
British and from the government. The minister himself practises
pressures. I also heard Mr Mitsotakis threaten you. "The
chairman should be careful", were the exact words used by
the former prime minister.