Verdict due in trial over Marfin bank deaths

The trial of four people charged in connection with the deaths of three employees of a branch of Marfin Egnatia Bank in central Athens that was firebombed during an anti-austerity rally in May 2010 concluded on Thursday with the closing statements of the defendants’ lawyers.

The lawyers suggested that the defendants – the director of the branch and her deputy, the bank’s CEO and the building’s chief security officer – should not be in the dock for the tragedy, pointing the finger of blame at the bank’s executives, some of whom testified during the trial.

Earlier this week, prosecution lawyers had called for all four defendants to be declared guilty of manslaughter and bodily harm because in spite of previous attacks and warnings they had failed to take the requisite safety measures. The defendants all deny the charges.

The court is expected to issue a verdict on Monday, just over three months after the trial began.

Angeliki Papathanasopoulou, aged 32 and four months pregnant at the time, Paraskevi Zoulia, aged 34, and Epameinondas Tsakalis, 36, died of suffocation after the bank they worked in was firebombed by protesters during an austerity protest in central Athens that turned violent on May 5, 2010.

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