Prosecutor demands guilty verdict in Palaio Faliro school stabbing

A public prosecutor on Wednesday asked an Athens court to deliver a guilty verdict in the case of a 23-year-old theology student accused of stabbing a 17-year-old high-school senior outside his school in Palaio Faliro, southern Athens, in January 2013.

However, the prosecutor asked the court to change initial manslaughter charges to causing serious bodily harm, a move that could lead to a more lenient sentence if the defendant is found guilty.

Witnesses at the trial have testified that the defendant, who is believed to be an active member of Golden Dawn, had allegedly threatened other students who had voiced their opposition to neo-Nazi party.

The victim, who sustained a deep cut across the face in the attack, underwent surgery.

The case file is part of a large-scale probe launched into the activities of Golden Dawn, while the defendant has denied having any ties to the party.