Vaxevanis trial over publishing of Lagarde list postponed until October

The trial of Costas Vaxevanis, the journalist who published the Lagarde list of Greeks with deposits in Switzerland in his Hot Doc magazine, was postponed on Monday morning.

Vaxevanis, who was cleared last year of breaching privacy rights, is facing a second trial. But due to the absence of two of his three defense lawyers and two witnesses on Monday, the case was postponed until October 8, according to citizens’ journalism network Radio Bubble, which observed proceedings.

“My trial has been postponed,” Vaxevanis wrote on Twitter. “Initially, the insisted on putting me on trial without my lawyers. Unprecedented things are happening in the justice system.”

Ahead of the trial, Vaxevanis wrote to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to draw his attention to the case, arguing that it had serious implications for press freedom in Greece.