Greece: Abusive trial of University Rector and anti-Nazi activist after Golden Dawn complaint!

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23 August 2013

 Greece: Abusive trial of University Rector and anti-Nazi activist after Golden Dawn complaint!

[via http://cm.greekhelsinki.gr/index.php?sec=194&cid=3830]

ghm-english-new(h_r) Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) denounces as doubly abusive the trial scheduled to be held on 3 September 2013, before the Athens Single-Member Misdemeanors Court, of the former Rector of the National Technical University of Athens Konstantinos Moutzouris and of the Secretary of the Revolutionary Workers Party Sabetai Matsas. The full charges translated in English by Greek Helsinki Monitor follow. The charges are doubly abusive. First and mostly because the defendants are accused of having caused a breach of the peace through the initiation of violent actions by participants in a publically assembled crowd, but no such violent actions are described in the charges and no dates of such alleged actions are mentioned. Secondly, because the defendants are charged for texts uploaded on the university’s and the party’s website which are political discourse that, even if considered that they may “offend, shock or disturb,” are protected by the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. These texts may in no way be classified as incitement which supposedly led to a breach of piece and to ensuing violence.

It must be noted that the referral to trial was decided at the end of a judicial investigation following a complaint filed on 8 May 2009 by “neighborhood committees” of Athens which were in effect front organizations of the neo-Nazi political party Golden Dawn (XA), against the defendants as well as another half-dozen anti-racist NGOs, three political parties and the national secondary school teachers’ union, who were not referred to trial. This is why the prosecutor has called as witnesses to support the prosecution’s charges the current XA MP Elias Panayotaros whose parliamentary immunity has been lifted for a referral to trial on charges of aggravate defamation in an unrelated case, a notorious XA activist Themis Skordeli whose trial for stabbing three Afghans in September 2011 has been postponed eight times (!), as well as four other well-known XA figures.

The charges (translated in English by GHM)

The first of the defendants, Konstantinos Moutzouris, son of Ioannis, in Athens, during the months of January 2009 and May 2009, with more than one acts that constitute a continuation of the same crime, intentionally provided any form of assistance to others (…) prior to and during the commission of the wrongful act of article 192 of the Criminal Code, committed by unknown others. Namely, as Rector of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), he allowed the use of optic fibers that had been allocated to the above educational institution by the National Research and Technology Network SA (EDET AE), a subsidiary company of the Ministry of Development, by unknown operators of the internet website “Athens Indymedia,” despite the fact that it is forbidden to provide free services for purposes other than educational or research. The [unknown operators], in their posts on the above website during the above time periods, publically provoked and agitated citizens to violent actions amongst themselves and to mutual discord, thus committing a breach of the peace. [The operators accomplished this] with the following web posts: “they also called for a gathering in December, which for some reason they canceled because we would have taken their scalps during those days”; “the organizers should know that there’s a war going on, or rather the civil war has never stopped”; “may God help to fuck their Lady Mary”; “Cops and nazis [are part of] the same shop”; “the class duty of the national traitor [is] fire again at the unknown soldier”; “of course we’ll go down [there] to break their heads”; “fascists, your grandparents are in the wells of Meligala, you, for now go back to your holes.” All these phrases were aimed at inciting the volition of others to [commit] a particular illegal behavior by stirring the emotions and the abhorrence of one group of citizens towards another, resulting in a breach of the peace, through the initiation of violent actions with unified forces against persons and objects by participants in a publically assembled crowd.

The second of the defendants, Sabetai Matsas son of Benakis, in the above place [Athens] and on May 8, 2009, he publically and, in one way or another, publically provoked and agitated citizens to violent actions amongst themselves and to mutual discord, thus committing a breach of the peace. Specifically, as Secretary of the Revolutionary Workers Party, he posted on the above party’s website an announcement of the rally in which this party was participating. The full content of the announcement is as follows: “The audacity of the paramilitary gangs oversteps all bounds. A few months after the assassination attempt against the immigrant unionist Konstantina Kuneva, and through an ongoing pogrom against immigrants by the state, the cutthroat paramilitary gangs are threatening to make another appearance on Saturday afternoon in central Athens. Let us prevent them with a decisive, mass presence in an antifascist assembly of trade unions and political organizations at 5 p.m. in Omonia Square! to rip off the hand they are laying on our immigrant colleagues and on our democratic rights and freedoms! As in December [when] we all rose up together, local and foreign workers and youth, now, too, we will confront the paramilitary bullies who have police protection. Throughout Europe, wherever the snake’s egg is incubating again through the spasms of the systemic crisis [there] is a mass antifascist action by workers, unemployed youth, through unions [and] political organizations, [which] sets up a barrier and protects rights and freedoms (…). The government and the state have the primary responsibility for fomenting the fascist phenomenon by cultivating a climate of social automatism, an authoritarian police state, by attempting to declare the country a state of emergency. At the same time the state has absolved government officials involved in racist activities; it acquits cutthroat paramilitaries; it promotes the formation of detainment camps for immigrants. [We must] Close the offices of Chryssi Avgi [Golden Dawn]; no tolerance for cutthroat paramilitaries. The people don’t forget; [send] the fascists to the gallows.”

The above text was aimed at inciting the volition of others to [commit] a particular illegal behavior by stirring the emotions and the abhorrence of one group of citizens towards another through simplified generalizations, thus transgressing the boundaries of legitimate protest and expression of opinion, and resulting in a breach of the peace through the initiation of violent actions with unified forces against persons and objects by participants in a publically assembled crowd.

They are charged with the violation of articles 1, 14, 16, 17, 18 items e-d-b, 26 para. 1a, 27 para 1, 47 para 1, 51, 53, 79, 83, 192 of the Criminal Code.

The greek police and justice system in solidarity with the greek neonazis (via “dawn of the greeks”)

The 6 Nazis who attacked Egyptian immigrant workers (fishermen) in Perama are free.

In five of the six defendants imposed restrictive conditions, such as show at regular intervals to the police station in their area, not to leave the country and guarantee payment of 2,000 euros each.

The decision relied on the fact that the Egyptians in their oral submission to identify the perpetrators fell into contradictions. Specifically, the two made different statements, and one did not recognize any of those arrested.

The filing of the Egyptian, who is seriously wounded in the head and hospitalized perhaps illuminate further the case which has not closed as expected supplementary data such as fingerprints from the scene.

greek source: SKAI

Free are also the 8 Golden dawn members that caused an attack against leftwings and a bar owner in the city of Veria

Postponed for the second time yesterday the trial of eight golden dawn members who last Saturday led to episodes in Veria and then burst into a cafeteria where the owner was beaten up, the same with the regulars and destroyed what they found before them. The new trial date was set for June 27, it is worth noting that among the defendants and two candidates are members of neo-Nazi organization. The Three-Member Misdemeanor flagrant Veria, before whom were tried in the afternoon the accused, he accepted their request and, combined with the absence of key witness again postponed the trial. The first postponement was the pre-Monday when the court lifted while in detention.

Against them were charged with dangerous bodily harm, damage to private property, insulting and threatening.

greek source: Kathimerini

Kasidiaris (one of the Nazi leaders is also free)

The guy who attacked two women members of Syriza and the communist party is also free. Apart from his trial for his live attack in a tv studio Kasidiaris is also accused for participation in a robbery and attack to a phd student some years ago. The trial is postponed for the 7th time.

greek source: tanea.gr

Another Nazi leader

Appeared in public saying “We have issue with some Egyptians” before the attack on the Egyptians.

greek source: newsnow

Free is also the Nazi

Who threatened to go to kindergardens and draw out the children of immigrants.

greek source: newsnow

Free is the daughter of the leader of the Nazis (Golden Dawn) Michaloliakos and 2 more candidates

After their attack on immigrants in Piraeus and Iera odos.

greek source: Imerisia

No arrest has been made at against countless attacks near ASOE university and the metro (HSAP)

fascists all free

Source: dawn of the greeks

Καμπάνια της Αντιναζιστικής Πρωτοβουλίας / Denouncement from Antinazi Initiative and Call for Action

Antinazi Initiative sends the following informative note – letter to the European institutional bodies, to antifascist organizations, to Greek and European democrats, and condemns the recent decision of the Greek Supreme Court that acquitted Nazism and asks for support to its 3 prosecuted members who go on trial on September 22, 2010. We propose that you sign a text of denouncement and declaration of solidarity which you can send to the Greek prime minister and the President of the European Parliament, and which you will find at the end of this message with the instructions for sending it.

Διαβάστε την ελληνική εκδοχή του κειμένου εδώ και εδώ.

Σχετική ανάρτηση: Η Αντιναζιστική Πρωτοβουλία για την οριστική αθώωση ενός φιλοναζιστή.

ANTINAZI INITIATIVE

35 CHALKOKONDYLI STR., ATHENS, GREECE , tel-fax +30 2105232553

http://www.antinazi.gr, e-mail: info [at] antinazi.gr

Athens, 13 July 2010

Greece: the first officially anti-Semitic state in Europe.

We must not permit that! Solidarity to Greek democrats!

We address you regarding the above mentioned subject because we believe that the blatant violation of the Greek state’s obligations for the fight against anti-Semitism within European Union and at international level, has very serious consequences for the whole of Europe, as we will explain below. Greece is the first country in Europe after the Second World War where the Supreme Court legalised the open crude call for realisation of genocide against the Jewish citizens of this particular country but also the Jewish all over Europe.

We address you on behalf of Antinazi Initiative, an organisation of citizens that has office in Athens, was founded in June 1997 and is activated in the fight against neonazism, racism, xenophobia and antisemitism in the Greek society. You can find more information about us and our activities in our web page “www.antinazi.gr”.

With this letter we want to denounce the fact that the Greek state whitewashed nazism morally, politically and legally through the trial of Kostas Plevris, widely known as the leading voice of neonazism in our country. As if this was not enough, the Greek state proceeded to the prosecution of the three members of Antinazi Initiative that were witnesses for the prosecution in above trial.

Kostas Plevris was a founding cadre of Greek party Popular Orthodox Alarm (LA.O.S) which has 15 Deputies in the Greek Parliament. This party holds also a seat in the European Parliament.

K. Plevris had participated in the European elections of 1999 in cooperation with the also openly neonazi and criminally violent organisation “Golden Dawn”.

The outline of this trial has as follows:

In May 2006 K. Plevris wrote a book of 1400 pages titled “Jews, the whole Truth”, which has sold until now thousands of copies and could be found at the bigger bookshops of Athens. In this book K. Plevris calls blatantly for a new extermination of the Jews, threatens the democratic citizens with “the gallows”, praises the atrocities of the Third Reich, and tries to “prove” for which reasons Greece and the whole Europe should be released from the “sub-humans” and “treacherous” Jews!!!

Through the pages of the book the writer prompts to racist violence and hatred against the Jews reviving the cannibalistic Hitler type anti-Semitism.

We cite here just few of these extracts:

“That’s what the Jews deserve. For it’s the only way they understand: firing squad within 24 hours…”

“My book, which you are now reading is a simple proof that we don’t count on the Jews. We despise them for their morality, for their religion, for their deeds, which all prove that they are sub-humans”.

“I mostly challenge you, my readers, to discuss about Talmud and the Jewish religion. It is you that I challenge the most, for you are the victims. Wake up, the treacherous Jews are digging a pit for the Nations. Wake up and throw them in, for they deserve it…”

“Jew (in religion) and human are contradicting terms, that is the one excludes the other”

“Hitler had been accused for something that indeed never happened. History of mankind will accuse him for having done nothing to relieve Europe from Jews, though he could…

“I declare frankly, elsewhere too, that if the Germans had put Jewish Zionists to death, I – and I do not believe I am alone in this – would not be sorry. Jewish Zionists are criminals preparing our death. The annihilation of the White Race which they have hated so much, with envy compressed in their subconscious, for centuries. Our Race’s instinct for survival points to the way of war to the death against Jewish Zionism”.

“I stop at the historical truth that teaches the moral superiority of National Socialism”.

“National-Socialism is an ideology for “masters”, not for slaves. It is the faith of superior people…I cannot bear to see the murderers, bandits, rapists, oppressors, pests, corruptors, sappers of the ruffian Jewry, slandering the superior National-Socialists…”

“In 1945 the White Race suffered the greatest catastrophe in its history. Hitlerian Germany’s epic struggle for dominance by Aryans ended without a Victory”.

“… Surely the truth is restored little by little, the propaganda retreats and the day will come when the banners of Nazism wave”.

The Antinazi Initiative, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) submitted complaints against K. Plevris in accordance with the antiracist law of our country.

The result of the trials that followed and which lasted almost two and a half years, was the acquittal of K. Plevris.

In these trials most of the judges and public prosecutors turned the prosecution’s witnesses into defendants. These same judges and public prosecutors acknowledged the book of Plevris to be a “scientific work” and the result of “historical” research!!!

Furthermore, they themselves have taken a series of pronounced anti-Semitic positions and actually some of them in enthusiastic support of K. Plevris.

For example, a public prosecutor who was the first to characterize the nazi writer as a “scientist” and his book of holocaust denial as a “scientific writing”, addressed to us who sign this letter and were witnesses for the prosecution with the following question in the court room to support his argument that also the Nazis had the right to express their “views”: «Would you like to be judged and convicted by a nazi court;» When we testified for the extract of the book where the writer asked to re-open Auschwitch, the chairman of the bench became sarcastic saying: “So what, they can build a new one, can’t they? How difficult is it?”.

In the book a photograph of Jewish children kept hostage in Auschwitch is published. The defamatory subtitle under the photograph reads: “We see them fat enough”. Another public prosecutor involved in the trial “acquitted” the defendant for this raw offence of the victims of Holocaust on the grounds of the following reasoning: “Here the writer simply comments their good physical situation”! The same one accepted as valid the reference made in the book to “the Protocols of the Elders of Zion” (widely known as forgery), as book of the Jews!!!

A judge of the Appeals Court characterized the criminal ideology of National Socialism as “historical political system” and adopted a series of more pronounced anti-Semitic positions in favour of K. Plevris.

The political atmosphere during the trial and the day after

During the whole trial, two well – known cadres and MPs of the far-right party LAOS (Popular Orthodox Alarm) enthusiastically supported Kostas Plevris. These are Adonis Georgiadis who advertised the book repeatedly from the Greek television saying that it is his “favourite” and Thanassis Plevris, son of K Plevris, who was his defence advocate. The MP Thanassis Plevris asked from the court the acquittal of the defendant saying that it is the democratic right of each citizen to call for the extermination of any population and the re-opening of Auschwitch (!) At the final phase of the trial, an article published at LAOS weekly newspaper by its President George Karatzaferis, closed with the statement that the “Jew smells blood” (!).

At the same time all of the other parliamentary parties not only hushed up the trial protecting K. Plevris and LAOS, but used the influence they have on the television media in order to impose the absolute silence around this trial. Thus, the horrid scandal of the anti-Semitic positions of the judges was concealed from the Greek people, and so it was also concealed that members of the Greek Parliament have expressed positions in favour of nazism.

The consequence of such an attitude of the political world was the final acquittal of Kostas Plevris, from the Athens Court of Appeals (March 2009) as well as from the Supreme Court of our country, the “Areios Pagos” (May 2010) with decisions that include plenty of anti-Semitic arguments. The major scandal for our country and for the whole Europe is the reasoning of both judgments: of the Appeals Court and of the Supreme Court. Both these judgments justify the racist violence against the Jews as well as the nazi genocide as follows: “the defendant does not turn against the Jews, solely on the grounds of their racial and national origin but mainly on the grounds of their objectives for world domination, the methods that they use for the realisation of these and their conspiratorial action” (!!!)

The above cited phrase of the reasoning of the judgement means that the Greek justice with the full support of the Greek political system as a whole did not just acquit a nazi writer but legally, politically and morally acquitted Nazism per se, and defended the core of Nazism, that is, genocidal anti-Semitism.

The next step after this provocative acquittal was the criminal charges brought against us. Specifically, the public prosecutor’s office of Athens submitted to trial three members of Antinazi Initiative, that is, us who were witnesses for the prosecution in the K. Plevris trial. We were accused “for propagation of false news which could cause unrest to citizens regarding the impartiality of the Greek judicial system”. This prosecution was made because Antinazi Initiative repeatedly and publicly denounced the anti-Semitic and pro-nazi positions of the judges. The public prosecutor’s office of Athens called the nazi K. Plevris as witness for the prosecution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our trial has been fixed for 22 September 2010.

So it is that sixty five years after the end of the WWII, a European state, Greece, justifies through the judicial authorities the genocide of Jews, acquits the most horrid manifestation of nazism, and leads to the defendant’s stand, the democratically minded citizens who resist to this provocation for all European citizens.

During these two and a half years of K. Plevris’ trial, the Antinazi Initiative gave a persistent struggle in order to shed light on this issue as a major political issue for political democracy in our country and in all Europe . In particular, in each stage of the trial we issued repeatedly press releases, we informed for the process of the trial, we reported about the court hearings and we denounced to the supreme judicial disciplinary bodies certain judges who took anti-Semitic positions. Following the acquittal decision of the Athens Court of Appeal, we launched a pan-european campaign in order to overturn the decision, with which we called Greek and European democratically minded people to protest to the Greek Government. This campaign had a very broad and enthusiastic response. Nevertheless, the Greek Supreme Court recently, on May 2010 validated the acquittal decision of the Athens Court of Appeal. This struggle should now continue.

Therefore, we ask you to denounce the above decision of the Greek Supreme Court, to demand the acquittal of the members of the Antinazi Initiative on the trial of September 22, 2010 and to make this letter as widely known as possible.

We are at your disposal for any further clarification, data, discussion, supporting documents etc.

If you want to condemn the decision of the Supreme Court of Greece and to express your support to the three prosecuted members of Antinazi Initiative you can send the proposed text of denouncement and declaration of solidarity that follows, to the Greek Prime Minister Mr. George A. Papandreou and to the President of the European Parliament Mr. Jerzy Buzek* and also to notify it to us to the address info[at]antinazi.gr.

This text is only a draft we suggest which you can alter or draw up your own text.

Thank you for your attention.

Respectfully yours,

On behalf of the Antinazi Initiative

Anna Stai

(e-mail: staianna[at]yahoo.gr)

Irene Koutelou

(e-mail: renalawgr[at]yahoo.gr

* Note: You can send the draft text or your text to the following addresses:

1. For the Greek Prime Minister

E-mail address: gpapandreou [at] parliament.gr

Postal Address:

To the Prime Minister of Greece

Mr. G. A. Papandreou

Maximou Mansion

19 Irodou Attikou St.

106-74 Athens , Greece

Fax Number: (+30) 2103811852

2. For the President of the European Parliament

e-mail address: jerzy.buzek [at] europarl.europa.eu

Postal Address:

To the President of the European Parliament

Mr. Jerzy Buzek

Bât. Altiero Spinelli

05F241

60, rue Wiertz

B-1047 Bruxelles

Fax No: (0032) 228 496 31

The draft text has as follows:

DENOUNCEMENT AND DECLARATION OF SOLIDARITY

We who sign this text were informed that in May 2010 the Supreme Court of Greece validated the decision of the Five Member Appeals Court of Athens which acquitted the neo-nazi Kostas Plevris for his racist and pro-Hitler book “Jews, the whole truth”.

The Supreme Court of Greece justified the racist violence against the Jews as well as the nazi genocide with the following reasoning: “the defendant does not turn against the Jews, solely on the grounds of their racial and national origin but mainly on the grounds of their objectives for world domination, the methods that they use for the realisation of these and their conspiratorial action” (!!!) We consider it inconceivable that sixty years after the Nazi atrocity and the genocide of Jews, the Supreme Court of a member state of European Union issued this unprecedented decision. We are greatly concerned about the fact that the Greek State (government and parliamentary parties) has not reacted so far in any way against this decision that acquitted politically and morally nazism and anti-Semitism.

As if this was not enough, three members of the Antinazi Initiative, Anna Stai, Irene Koutelou and Lampis Katsiapis, who were witnesses for the prosecution at the above trial, will go on trial on September 22, 2010 because the Antinazi Initiative publicly denounced that certain judges expressed anti-Semitic positions during the trial of K. Plevris.

We hereby call the Greek State and all institutional European bodies to condemn and annul the decision of the Supreme Court of Greece in any possible way.

Also, we protest for the prosecution of the three members of Antinazi Initiative, we express our solidarity to them and ask that they are acquitted.

Date: ………………../Signed by:………………