Focus trial over Venus de Milo cover postponed

An Athens court on Tuesday postponed until December 9 the libel trial of 13 journalists employed by the German magazine Focus in connection with a front page of the publication from February 2010 depicting a statue of the Venus de Milo making an obscene gesture under the title ?Cheats in the Euro family,? in reference to Greece.

Focus has denied the charges, which were brought after a group of Greek lawyers filed a complaint. The magazine has claimed that the front-page image of the statue and the text of the article, with its criticism of Greek profligacy, might have been upsetting to some but was not punishable offense.

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