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Prosecutor summons eight over law school sit-in

An Athens appeals court prosecutor on Monday summoned eight people to testify on a string of charges, including people trafficking, following a sit-in at Athens University?s Law School last week by more than 200 illegal immigrants.

Appeals court prosecutor Spyros Mouzakitis, who has launched an investigation into the exact circumstances leading to the sit-in, summoned several members of Solidarity Initiative, a group involved in the occupation?s organization. He also summoned the rector of Athens University, Theodosis Pelegrinis, who is to respond to charges of dereliction of duty.

The migrants, who have been housed at another central Athens location following their transfer from the premises of the Law School at the end of last week, entered the seventh day of their hunger strike on Monday, a Solidarity Initiative spokesman said. The migrants, most of whom are from North African countries, have pledged to continue their hunger strike until they are granted legal residence status in Greece — a prospect that the government has ruled out.