Calls to change Golden Dawn trial venue grow louder

With the trial of Golden Dawn’s leadership and dozens of members of the neofascist party set to resume on Friday in a specially designed courtroom in Korydallos Prison, western Athens, amid an ongoing dispute about the venue, local authorities and residents have intensified their calls for an immediate relocation of the proceedings as nationwide university entrance examinations are to get under way next week.

In a new letter sent to Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, local authorities and residents asked him to intervene and secure a new venue.

The minister has said the proceedings could be moved to the Athens Appeals Court, but not before September.

An immediate shift would require judges to make a written appeal, he said.

Presiding judge Maria Lepeniotou objected to his demand, noting that judges are not administrative employees.

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