N17 defense to take the stand on Monday

Yet another cycle of the November 17 terrorism trial came to an end yesterday, as the last three lawyers representing N17 victims and surviving targets offered their assessments of the group and called for convictions. On Monday, defense lawyers for the 19 suspects will take the stand, in the penultimate phase of Greece’s biggest ever terrorism trial, which opened on March 3. The only remarkable part of yesterday’s three presentations was the call by Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, who represents the owners of the Athens Pentelikon Hotel that N17 attacked with a rocket in 1991, for defendant Angeliki Sotiropoulou to be cleared of all charges due to insufficient evidence. Sotiropoulou, the only woman in the dock, is the wife of alleged N17 top hit man Dimitris Koufodinas. Some 60 lawyers representing N17 victims presented their arguments in court over the past two weeks.

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