July 25, 2017
Judges in Greece have reacted angrily to a blunt barrage of government criticism over recent court rulings, comparing the “dirty” attacks to authoritarian crackdowns in Turkey and Poland.
The government “is systematically attempting to subjugate and control justice,” the association of judges and prosecutors protested over the weekend.
“Ministers and lawmakers launch baseless accusations daily… they seek to erode the prestige of the Greek justice system… following the example of Turkey and Poland,” they said.
“The Greek public can understand the danger posed by a voracious executive, seeking to operate unchecked,” the association said.
The row erupted after a court earlier this month decided to jail a young graduate student accused of links to one of Greece’s most active far-left extremist groups.
The 29-year-old linguist identified only by her first name, Irianna, was handed a 13-year prison sentence in June as a suspected accomplice of the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei group.