Reported by Petros Yiotis (kontra)
Prosecution proposed the rejection of objection for bad
composition of the court, with essentially no legal argumentation.
The prosecution's role was an ungraceful one, considering they knew
very well that the law in question was a law that photographed these
trials and was not intended for common affairs, but only for these
specific serious political trials. They were also aware of the fact
that in a couple of recent cases with similar characteristics that
could have come under the same law (the case of the boat China Bridge
that lasted eight months and the case of the Samina wreck still
ongoing) judges were not determined from a preselected short-listed
group. That this law was only applied to the two trials for the group 17N
and the two for the group ELA.
A short comment was made by Hristodoulos Xiros:
"In reference to the advocates of the selective draw
for judges- he said - the problem is that this law was applied only
to us and it will not be applied anywhere else. This renders this
court as a special and extraordinary court, with all the logical
consequences of this."
At the beginning of rejoinders, the prosecution advocate
Anagnostopoulos objected to having been called "representative
of American victims", by a defence advocate. He argued that
this was evidence of intolerance and racism cultivated by the 17N.
Dimitris Koufontinas immediately reacted "You represent
criminals, you represent imperialist criminals that slaughter populations,
as in Irak, you represent American imperialism,
that caused the crime of Cyprus,
and its new sub-prefect, Reece", he said addressing the arrogant
lawyer, who realised it was not possible for him to continue.
Later, speaking to the journalists, Dimitris Koufontinas
also commented on the characterization "racists", that
Anagnostopoulos dared use for the 17N. "Racists are the people
he represents and not us. They are racist not only towards the populations
of the third world, but also in their own country, as proved by
the story of the hurricane Katrina. Let him call 90% of the Greek
population racists, that nourish anti-american
feelings. Our opposition is to imperialism and not to the American
The court rejected the objection, because - as the chairman
announced - the process of determining the composition of the judges
is contrary to no provision of the Constitution or ESDA.
The court also decided to allow the use of the report
about the keys in the trial despite the fact that it was illegally
carried out by the Security authorities, and following intense confrantation
between the defence and the prosecution.