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Greece/Albania: Three convicts get life terms for killing lawyer

October 10, 2019


An Athens court handed life terms to three Albanian convicts on Thursday after finding them guilty of the murder of Athens lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos in 2017.

Following a prosecutor’s proposal for an exemplary punishment, the court sentenced Ibrahim Brahimai, who shot the lawyer, to life, plus an additional 11 years.

Claudian Lekotsai, the head of a criminal gang believed to have operated in Attica’s high-security Korydallos Prison, and Olti Dulce also received life sentences after being found guilty as moral instigators of the murder.

Zafeiropoulos’ widow, Vicky Zafeiropoulou, expressed her gratitude for the verdict, noting however that nothing would change for the three convicts, who are already in prison for other crimes.

“Nothing will change for me or my children either,” she said.


One Albanian arrested for the murder of lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos

Albanian Duo Planned to Wound Greek Lawyer, But Killed Him

Prominent lawyer shot dead in his office in downtown Athens

Greece: Greek Anarchist Group Vandalize Lawyer’s Office; Threaten Judges

May 4, 2019

A leading member of the Greek anarchist group Rubicon (Rouvikonas) was arrested late Friday after a raid against a law office in Athens.

Footage posted on social media show the group smashing equipment at the law agency’s office that also serves as a debt collection agency on behalf of a bank.

According to police the 53-year-old man is a leading Rouvikonas activist.

In another development, acknowledged Rouvikonas leader Giorgos Kalaitzidis has threatened judges on his Facebook account if they do not grant a furlough to November 17 convict Dimitris Koufontinas.

Greek Anarchist Group Vandalize Lawyer’s Office; Threaten Judges




Greece: Lawyers indicted in prison ‘mafia’ case released on conditions

April 22, 2019


Prominent criminal lawyers Alexandros Lykourezos and Theodoros Panagopoulos who were arrested last Friday over their alleged involvement in the so-called Korydallos prison “mafia,” were released on bail on Monday evening, after their marathon statements to a prosecutor and an investigative magistrate.

Lykourezos was banned from leaving the country and had to pay 50,000 euros in bail. He will also have to appear to his local police station. Panagopoulos was also slapped with a travel ban.

The two men deny any part in the racket.


Greek Lawyers Tied to Prison Mafia Conditionally Released

Greek “Prison Mafia” Suspects Released on Bail




Alexandros Lykourezos

https://www.tilegrafima.gr/nea/alexandros-lykourezos-eleftheros-me-perioristikous-orous/ (GREEK)

https://www.policenews.eu/44387/o-alexandros-lykourezos-spai-ti-siopi-tou-gia-ti-mafia-ton-fylakon/ (GREEK)

https://www.griechenland.net/nachrichten/politik/25628-verdacht-auf-kriminelle-organisation-staranawalt-auf-kaution-in-freiheit (DEUTSCH)

Greece: Crackdown on high-profile Greek lawyers

April 19, 2019

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Several high-profile lawyers in Greece have recently been arrested and detained. Colleagues criticize this as arbitrary “procedural extremism” by the judiciary, and there has been a failure of the Athens Bar Association to effectively respond to these attacks.  The Minister of Justice has engaged in extensive wiretapping and surveillance of lawyer-client communications, reported assassination or death contracts and reprisals against lawyers for taking on sensitive cases, leakage of files and lawyers’ communications to the press, all of which put lawyers in acute danger. Recently, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published a report about the situation of human rights defenders that mentioned Greece among the CoE’s countries (Azerbaijan, Russia, Poland) where defenders are most harmed.

The lawyers involved are:

Alexandros Lykourezos, 85 years old, is probably the most famous Greek lawyer, his law office is one of the oldest and goes back more than 120 years.  The prosecutor, instead of calling him to apologize, issued an arrest warrant as if he was a fugitive, and he had to spend the night in the police cell of the anti-terrorist unit. He is still held on the 12th floor of the General Athens Police Directorate. His lawyer says that issuing an arrest warrant against an 85 year old respected lawyer is not only illegal and breaching the presumption of innocence, but is “not sober”. Other high profile lawyers characterized it as “a crime against justice”  http://lykourezoslawoffices.gr/?fbclid=IwAR0mUDsZNqBkt1dmdORp_U6TeolkHQW08CSTby_HmOjjWRu9d_uWiHy45yM 


Georgios Antonopoulos also teaches civil law in the Law School of University of Athens, and he has been on remand now for three weeks. http://www.lawgreece.gr/?page=article_list&cat=1&fbclid=IwAR07rM0tTPiTV1KYhzhNaaEMJaER8yfBHRA0RXAm046GH6-Q0CZ6jh9oqsE
A woman lawyer, Chryssa Kioumourtzi,  was also placed in remand for having “close contact” with a prisoner. Intercepted communications showed that they had been flirting, and communications were leaked to the press by the authorities.  The media went into her Facebook account and retrieved private pictures. She allegedly informed the prisoner about the “spaces” in the Court of Appeals, and this was considered as participation in a criminal organization. He is reportedly in a very bad psychological condition. http://www.ereportaz.gr/ayti-einai-i-ksanthia-dikigoros-poy-profylakistike/?fbclid=IwAR38kZYF1urR_myAj2Fvi_K_0pmjbU0y7aQPPgplOIagrnCcojyARHPxV0Q
All these lawyers were arrested by the anti-terrorist police following the issuance of arrest warrants although they are highly respectable, with well-established offices and addresses.  

Turkey: Day of the Endangered Lawyer January 24, 2019 – Photos

February 2, 2019


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The Hague Supreme Court

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Brussels, Turkish Embassy



DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER MARKED: ‘If Lawyers Lose Their Voice, Citizens Lose Their Breath’







Greece/Turkey: Εκδήλωση για τις διώξεις δικηγόρων και δικαστών στην Τουρκία


εκδήλωση AED

Με αφορμή την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα του δικηγόρου σε Κίνδυνο (Day of the Endangered Lawyer), το  ελληνικό τμήμα της ΑED  (AVOCATS EUROPEEN DEMOCRATES) διοργανώνει την πρώτη του παρέμβαση με μία εκδήλωση αφιερωμένη στις διώξεις δικηγόρων και δικαστών στην Τουρκία.

Στην εκδήλωση θα μιλήσουν ο Κ.Ε. (δικαστής από την Τουρκία), ο Cengiz Aktar (καθηγητής Πολιτικών Επιστημών στο ΕΚΠΑ), η Γιώτα Μασουρίδου (μέλος της Ένωσης Δικηγόρων για την Υπεράσπιση των Θεμελιωδών Δικαιωμάτων) και ο Βασίλης Παπαστεργίου (μέλος του Δ.Σ. του ΔΣΑ).

Επίσης, μέσω Skype θα παρέμβει η δικηγόρος Elvan Olkun από την Τουρκία, ενώ χαιρετισμό θα απευθύνει ο πόεδρος του ΔΣΑ, Δημήτρης Βερβεσός.

Η εκδήλωση θα πραγματοποιηθεί αύριο (Πέμπτη 24 Ιανουαρίου) στις 3.00 το μεσημέρι στον ΔΣΑ (Ακαδημίας 60), στην αίθουσα «Μιχάλη Επ. Ζαφειρόπουλου».

Τα στοιχεία της εκδήλωσης





Updated Report: Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | Unjust Arrests and Convictions (2016-2018)



http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-DEL190124-TUR.htm?fbclid=IwAR2lT2R_herNRCBWt1zG_ma-sTKaPBW0id9a1EBmy0Z2LDZk1w6CvqL60iw (FRANCAIS)



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Germany/Turkey/Greece: Critical of German justice, lawyer to take NSU case to European court

January 18, 2019

NSU avukatlarından Daimagüler: 1600 kez tehdit edildim

Mehmet Daimagüler, one of the lawyers for the families of victims in Germany’s notorious National Socialist Underground (NSU) case, says he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Addressing a conference on the NSU and racism in Germany at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul yesterday, Daimagüler said he did not trust German courts and did not expect much from the legal process in Germany regarding the neo-Nazi gang.

The NSU, composed of three members, were behind the murders of eight Turkish and one Greek immigrant and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Two members killed themselves when the police closed in on them, while the sole surviving member, Beate Zschaepe, was sentenced to life in a trial that concluded last year.

“I don’t trust German courts and that’s why we filed a compensation lawsuit [for the victims]. If the German government, state administrations did their jobs properly, if police did not look into the murders through a racist angle, people would not get killed,” the lawyer said.

The lawyer said he was certain cases against the NSU would be “lost,” referring to appeals to the sentence for Zschaepe and the gang’s accomplices who got away with lenient sentences. “But we will take these cases to the European Court of Human Rights afterwards,” he said.

Daimagüler also spoke about threats the lawyers of victims faced. “I’ve received about 1,600 threats so far but I didn’t take them seriously. Barking dogs seldom bite,” he added. However, he expressed concern about threats to fellow lawyer Seda Başay Yıldız. “It was discovered that threats were linked to a police station and had everything from the address of her residences to the address of her parents. It is also a big scandal that police told Yıldız that they can’t protect her properly and suggested she buy a gun to defend herself,” he said.


http://www.migazin.de/amp/2019/01/15/frankfurter-anwaeltin-erhaelt-erneut-drohbrief/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.landeszeitung.de/blog/nachrichten/politik/2243282-zweiter-drohbrief-des-nsu2-0-so-gehen-die-ermittler-vor (DEUTSCH)

http://juedischerundschau.de/den-bock-zum-gaertner-135911284/ (DEUTSCH)

http://medyaberlin.com/de/post/interview-mit-nsu-opfer-anwalt-mehmet-daimaguler (DEUTSCH)

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Daimag%C3%BCler (DEUTSCH)

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/avrupa/nsu-avukatlarindan-daimaguler-1600-kez-tehdit-edildim-41086283 (TURKCE)

https://www.star.com.tr/yerel-haberler/avukat-mehmet-daimaguler-3713766/ (TURKCE)

https://www.star.com.tr/guncel/nsu-davasini-aihme-tasiyacagiz-haber-1427028/ (TURKCE)

http://enpolitik.com/haber/266631/eger-alman-hukumeti-isleri-duzgun-bir-sekilde-yapsaydi-bu-insanlar-olmezdi.html (TURKCE)

https://perspektif.eu/2019/01/17/nsu-davasini-avrupa-insan-haklari-mahkemesine-tasiyacagiz/ (TURKCE)

https://www.trthaber.com/haber/dunya/nsu-davasini-avrupa-insan-haklari-mahkemesine-tasiyacagiz-401607.html (TURKCE)

Turkey/Greece: [VIDEO] Medical professor, lawyer detained while fleeing Turkey to Greece

August 2, 2018

[VIDEO] Medical professor, lawyer detained while fleeing Turkey to Greece

At least three people were intercepted in Edirne while they were reportedly on their way to escape to Greece with illegal means, in the latest of such attempts aimed at avoiding Turkey’s post-coup crackdown.

A lawyer; a medical professor who was earlier removed from his post at the Inonu University over ties to the Gulen movement; and the latter’s wife were detained near Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne province, media said July 31.

Two others, believed to be the organizers of the trip, were also rounded up and put in pre-trial detention.

Turkish government accuses Gulen followers of masterminding the failed coup and calls them FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization. The group denies terrorist activities.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 90,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.


Click to access defence-for-defenders.pdf

Factsheet: Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey















Egypt/UK/Greece: Trade unionists in UK and Greece back campaign in solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain

June 2, 2018

Dozens of high profile trade unionists from the UK and Greece are among the latest to back the campaign in solidarity with arrested labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain who was seized by the Egyptian security forces on 18 May in a series of arrests targeting critics of the Sisi regime. His detention was recently renewed for another 15 days. Middle East Solidarity stalls at the annual congresses of the PCS civil servants union and the university and college workers’ UCU union distributed campaign postcards and gathered signatures for the petition demanding Haitham’s release.

Backers for the campaign in PCS include:

Meanwhile signatures have also flooded in from Greece, with leading figures from unions representing health workers, transport workers, civil servants, local government workers, media workers, metalworkers and teachers adding their support. Signatories from Greece include:

Trade unionists in UK and Greece back campaign in solidarity with Haitham Mohamedain







https://www.change.org/p/prosecutor-general-arab-republic-of-egypt-freedom-for-haitham-mohamedain-stop-the-repression-in-egypt (SIGN THE PETITION!)


http://osterreich.site/2018/06/02/aegyptens-sisi-wird-vereidigt-fuer-eine-zweite-amtszeit-inmitten-der-niederschlagung-auf-dissens/ (DEUTSCH)

http://linkswende.org/freiheit-fuer-haitham-mohamedain-stoppt-die-repression-in-aegypten/ (DEUTSCH)


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Greece: «Φάμπρικα» πλαστών ψυχιατρικών βεβαιώσεων στον Κορυδαλλό – Οι σοκαριστικοί διάλογοι και οι συλλήψεις


Φάμπρικα χορήγησης πλαστών πιστοποιητικών τοξικομανίας είχαν στήσει μέσα στο Ψυχιατρικό Νοσοκομείο Κορυδαλλού δύο ψυχίατροι μαζί με ιδιώτη γιατρό αλλά και πολίτες.

Μετά από έρευνες, άνδρες της Υποδιεύθυνσης Ασφαλείας Αθηνών, προχώρησαν στη σύλληψη ενός ψυχίατρου της Ψυχιατρικής κλινικής των φυλακών, ενός ψυχίατρου-πραγματογνώμονα, μίας ακόμη γιατρού ιδιωτικού νοσοκομείου αλλά και δύο ιδιωτών.

Σύμφωνα με τα μέχρι στιγμής στοιχεία, το παράνομο κύκλωμα εξέδιδε πλαστά πιστοποιητικά τοξικομανίας προκείμενου να χρησιμοποιηθούν είτε για ευνοϊκή μεταχείριση ενώπιον της Δικαιοσύνης στις δικαστικές αίθουσες, είτε για τη μεταφορά κρατουμένων στο Ψυχιατρικό Νοσοκομείο του Κορυδαλλού.

Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες ένας ψυχίατρος των φυλακών συνελήφθη κατά τη διάρκεια συνεδρίου ψυχιάτρων στην Κω, ενώ από τις μέχρι στιγμής έρευνες έχουν εντοπιστεί περίπου τριακόσιες βεβαιώσεις – πραγματογνωμοσύνες, η ακεραιότητα των οποίων εξετάζεται.


(N.B. This article discusses the Greek security service’s tapping and recording of the telephone communications between a lawyer and his detainee client, allegedly proving the facilitation of the inmate by the lawyer in acquiring a forged medical report. Either the lawyer’s phone or the prison’s phone was tapped.)

TRANSLATION, kindly provided by Angela Vismaya Psarrou:

Greece: A “fabrica” of false psychiatric certificates at Korydallos – Shocking dialogues and arrests
• Incredible dialogues reveal a crime ring providing false documents at Korydallos
• Detainees buying toxicology certificates for 1,500 euros
• “What did he tell you?”, “He told me he would write it up now including the treatment, together with the pathologist’s report, that it’s prohibited so you will be able to exit he said, everything’s fine”.
Two psychiatrists together with a private physician and other individuals had set-up a fabrica providing false toxicology reports at the Korydallos Psychiatric Hospital.
Following investigations, Athens Sub-division Detectives proceeded to arrest a psychiatrist at the Psychiatric prison clinic, a psychiatric expert, a private hospital female doctor and two other private individuals as well.
According to the data so far, the illegal ring was providing false drug addiction certificates to be used either for favorable treatment in judicial Courts or for the transfer of prisoners to the Korydallos Psychiatric Hospital.
According to information, a prison psychiatrist was arrested during a psychiatric conference on Kos, while investigations up to now have identified about three hundred expert reports being examined for their integrity.
According to the file they are being imposed –according to the case- with offenses of criminal organization, violation of the law on narcotics, active and passive corruption, bribery and forfeiting false certificate, repeatedly.
The dismantling of the fabrika of false reports is a continuation of a previous case in apprehending drug addicts, which resulted with evidence on the illegal ring that had been set-up inside Korydallos Prison.
The bug by the Detectives, as today’s Eleftheros Typos [newspaper] revealed, even recorded the dialogues describing the way in which the ring operated inside prisons, but also the way in which they made agreements with the psychiatrist:
• Detainee: “What did you leave for him? Truly, don’t lie to me!”
• Mother: “Seven hundred, I swear!”
• Detainee: “Hadn’t you told me six?”
• Mother: “I had told you six but I left seven for him so he would come on Friday to have it done and it be submitted on Monday”.
• Detainee: “Alright, is that all he’s got from you? Truly, don’t lie to me”.
• Mother: “Yes, he hasn’t received more all this time, has he?”
• Detainee: “Yes, how much is it in total? Two thousand?”

At another point in the case-file the “agreement” is evident between the detainee –having been arrested with 10 kilos of narcotic substances- with his lawyer:
• Detainee: “So she wants one and a half?”
• Lawyer: “Yeah, look, she told me that he does the talking, the paper will surely be done but let’s not take any risk right now friend!”
• Detainee: “Alright, since he wants one and a half, it’s one and a half, you think?”
• Lawyer: “But she told him and he said one and a half”.
• Detainee: “Did he say yes? He said yes”.
• Lawyer: “He said one and a half, the one and a half means yes, friend. What else would it mean?”
• Detainee: “He said one and a half… Oh so now f* this!”
• Lawyer: “These things are not spoken on the phone normally”.
Information: eleftherostypos.gr