ELA trial breaks up for summer

Having failed to secure a verdict before the expiry of the 18-month maximum detention limit for the three imprisoned defendants, the presiding judge at the Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA) terrorism trial yesterday adjourned the process until after the summer holidays. The trial of four men and one woman accused of participation in the extreme left-wing group, which killed two people and carried out scores of bomb attacks between the mid-1970s and 1995, will recommence on September 1. The process, which is very close to the end, was to have been adjourned this Friday. However, yesterday presiding judge Elissavet Brilli accepted a demand by lawyers representing ELA victims for a premature closure for the holidays. Initially, she had expressed reservations, noting that government officials had accused the judges of time-wasting which led to Monday’s release of the three defendants – who have been ordered to stay in Attica and show up regularly at their local police stations. The other two defendants were already free.

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