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Greece: Hundreds Pay Last Respects to Murdered Greek Lawyer

October 14, 2017



colleagues and politicians gathered to pay their last respects to Michalis Zafeiropoulos who was assassinated in his office on Thursday evening.

The funeral service was held at the Hellinikon cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

Among those attending were President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos and leader of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Meanwhile, investigators have determined that the two men entered his office in central Athens at around 7 p.m. had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

According to the a law associate, the two men were aged between 30 and 40 and spoke Greek well but with a foreign accent that suggested they might be Albanian.



http://www.zappit.gr/enimerosi/michalis-zafeiropoulos-ystato-chaire-rakos-syzygos-tou-sygklonizei-mitera-tou/1853637 (GREEK)

http://www.zappit.gr/enimerosi/michalis-zafeiropoulos-ta-pente-lepta-tis-tragodias-vids-pics/1853626 (GREEK)

https://couscous.gr/eidiseis/25215/michalis-zafeiropoulos-oi-simeioseis-tilefoniki-klisi-kai-ta-lathi-ton-dolofonon/ (GREEK)


Greece: Police examining the cases undertaken by murdered lawyer

October 13, 2017

Police on Friday stepped up an investigation into the murder of prominent lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos, who was gunned down in his central Athens office on Thursday night, apparently by perpetrators posing as clients.

According to authorities, the two men who entered the building on Asklipiou Street at around 7 p.m. had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

Once they were alone with him, they shot him in the head and chest.

As Zafeiropoulos’s office has no surveillance cameras, police are focusing on the footage of cameras from shops in the area in their bid to identify the killers.

The police investigation was focusing on recent cases undertaken by the 52-year-old criminal lawyer as investigators believe one of these may have provoked the perpetrators.

Among the cases handled by Zafeiropoulos are the defense of a suspect in the Energa-Hellas Power embezzlement affair (which has been linked to an attempted contract killing), the defense of the publisher of Parapolitika in a case against Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the defense of arms dealer Thomas Liakounakos as well as theft and drug cases.

Zafeiropoulos was a well-known criminal lawyer and the son of former New Democracy MP Nondas Zafeiropoulos. His murder prompted a reaction from Greece’s political parties.






http://kourdistoportocali.com/magazine/o-fotografos-nikos-christofakissooc-sto-topo-tis-dolofonias-tou-michali-zafiropoulou/ (ENGLISH/GREEK)

https://thecaller.gr/ellada/epixeirhsh-ekfovismou-tragodia-dolofonia-zafeiropoulou/ (GREEK)

http://www.kathimerini.gr/930651/article/epikairothta/ellada/enos-leptoy-sigh-kai-anavoles-synedriasewn-gia-th-dolofonia-zafeiropoyloy (GREEK)

http://www.tilegrafima.gr/nea/ektelesi-zafeiropoulou-thema-oron-i-syllipsi-ton-draston/ (GREEK)

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https://www.europafm.ro/avocat-grec-ucis-prin-impuscare-in-birou-in-centrul-atenei/ (ROMANIAN)

Greece: Well-known criminal lawyer murdered in Athens office

October 12, 2017

Lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos was murdered in his office in central Athens on Thursday night.

According to authorities, two armed men entered the building on Asklipiou Street and shot Zafeiropoulos in the head and chest.

An associate of the 52-year-old lawyer, who was in the office at the time, was locked in another room by the assailants, according to initial reports.

Zafeiropoulos was a well-known criminal lawyer and the son of former New Democracy MP Nondas Zafeiropoulos. His murder prompted a reaction from Greece’s political parties.

“I express my disgust at the cold-blooded murder of M(ichalis) Zafeiropoulos,” tweeted New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted. “(He was) A good lawyer, distinguished ND member and very good friend.”







http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2017/10/12/97001-20171012FILWWW00346-grece-un-avocat-penaliste-connu-assassine.php (FRANCAIS)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-wews171012.htm (FRANCAIS)

Assassinat de Michalis Zafeiropoulos

Le conseil de l’Ordre du Βarreau d’Athènes nous informe de ce qu’il a décidé d’une grève judiciaire en signe de deuil avec l’ abstention de tous les avocats de paraître aux audiences pendant sept jours en signe de protestation et de deuil pour la perte injuste et criminelle de notre confrère. 

(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)

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http://www.dsa.gr/ (GREEK)

http://news.in.gr/greece/article/?aid=1500167500 (GREEK)

http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1284854/to-sabbato-i-kideia-tou-mix-zafeiropoulou (GREEK)

http://www.lifo.gr/now/highlights/164038 (GREEK)

Greece: Greek judges accuse Tsipras government of ‘dirty’ attacks

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.


http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20170725.AFP7932/grece-les-juges-denoncent-les-attaques-repetees-du-gouvernement.html (FRANCAIS)

Lawyers for Lawyers: Join us via LIVESTREAM ‘The Voice of Rights’ about Lawyers and Freedom of Expression Friday May 19th

May 17, 2017

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After the seminar ’The Voice of Rights, about lawyers and freedom of expression’* on Friday May 19th, the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017 will be presented to Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri. The event will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

If you can’t attend this event in person, you can watch it online via our free LIVESTREAM!  

You’ll be able to watch and listen to speakers from Colombia, Greece and Turkey, the panel discussions and of course the most important part: the Award Ceremony.

From 2:00 PM until 2:45 PM CEST we will livestream PART I with the opening and the introductions.

Hereafter, during the break-out sessions, we will pause the livestream.

We will continue the broadcast with PART II from 3:45 PM until 5:30 PM CEST with a plenary discussion and the Award Ceremony.


http://www.bd.nl/tilburg/tijdelijk-in-tilburg-wonende-thaise-advocate-krijgt-prijs-voor-moedig-werk~a03ee9d3/ (NEDERLANDS)

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This afternoon, Sirikan Charoensiri received the 2017 L4L Award from 2015 recipient Jorge Molano

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The latest two recipients of the L4L Award

(Lawyers for Lawyers Facebook)

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Greece: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Electra Koutra in Greece

January 30, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada* expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Electra Koutra in Greece.

Electra Koutra is a human rights lawyer who has experienced harassment as a result of her advocacy on behalf of several Syrian refugees.

It has come to our attention that on September 27, 2016, several Syrian refugees between the ages of 13 and 16 were on their way to a cultural centre to take part in a theatrical performance about their lives in Syria when they were intercepted by Greek police and taken into custody on suspicion that they were members of an armed group.

Electra Koutra represented the children and their parents as they attempted to report the incident and file a complaint. When precluded from doing so, she posted a statement on her Facebook page, disclosing that the children had been ill-treated by the police and that their attempt to lodge a complaint had been blocked. The Facebook post went viral and culminated in an order for a criminal pre-investigation into the incident.

Shortly thereafter, Electra Koutra experienced several acts of harassment. She and a colleague were served a court summons in which they were listed as “suspects” in the said case. When they demanded access to the case file, a right granted under Greek law to “suspects”, the summons was re-issued with Electra Koutra and her colleague described as “witnesses”. One day later, two men in civilian clothes – later identified as police officers – broke into her apartment. Electra Koutra reported the incident and requested that the Head of Prosecutors remove her home address from the case file in order to protect her family. Her request was denied. Instead, her request for family protection was added to the case file, resulting in her address being even more publicly available. Additionally, an internal document leaked to the press indicated that the police were increasing security measures to avoid a strike against the police itself in response to Electra Koutra’s report concerning the break-in into her home.


http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503474&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

Greece: Ongoing judicial and police harassment against the human right lawyer Electra Koutra

December 8, 2016

The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Greece.

Description of the situation:

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial and police harassment against the human right lawyer Ms. Electra Koutra, President of the Hellenic Action for Human Rights “Pleiades”[1].

According to the information received, on September 6, 2016 Ms. Koutra was informed that on August 11, 2016, a police officer, member of the Thessaloniki Police, filed a complaint for “insult to his personality” requesting the award of 80,000 euros in civil damages against Ms. Koutra. This action for damages was filed in response to a complaint filed by Ms. Koutra on June 5, 2013, after she accused the same police officer of locking up in a cell and denying the right to see her client (see background information). Ms. Koutra has time until December 9 to present her arguments in writing to the judge in charge of the case, who, by December 24, will issue a date for a court hearing.

Moreover, on September 29, 2016, Ms. Koutra has also been summonsed as a suspect, and then as a witness in relation to a criminal a case in which she represents five Syrian refugee children aged between 12 and 16 allegedly arrested and ill-treated on September 27, 2016, for carrying plastic toy guns in a bag in the street in Athens[2]. This summons contravenes the legal principle that lawyers should not be called to testify in cases tin which they act as lawyers[3].