ELA judges picked for Feb. 9 trial

Three weeks after the end of the November 17 trial, six judges and two prosecutors were appointed yesterday to try five suspected members of Greece’s second most deadly left-wing terrorist group, Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA). The trial by a three-judge criminal appeals court opens on February 9 in the Korydallos Prison courtroom where the 19 N17 defendants were tried (and 15 convicted). The appeals court judges chosen by lot yesterday are Elisavet Mougakou-Brilli, 59 – who will preside over the trial – Zoi Kobotiati, 60, and Dimitris Moustakas, 57. Their three colleagues who will observe the procedure from the bench and replace the judges should any be forced to stand down are, respectively, Grigoris Mamalis, 62, Constantinos Frangos, 55, and Giorgos Adamopoulos, 58. The prosecutor will be Eleftherios Patsis, 59, and his deputy Constantinos Vompiris, 61, who handled part of the N17 investigation. The five suspects, all arrested last year, have been charged with 82 terrorist acts, including one murder and 17 attempted murders. A total of 405 witnesses are to testify.

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