Grigoropoulos trial delayed

The trial of two policemen charged in connection with the December 2008 shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos was suspended yesterday after the public prosecutor asked for time away from her duties due to the death of a close relative. A court in Amfissa, a small town some 200 kilometers northwest of Athens, is to decide today when the trial of Epaminondas Korkoneas and Vassilis Saraliotis will resume. Legal experts told Kathimerini that a delay of at least a week is usual in such cases. But the request by prosecutor Vassiliki Vlachou was rejected by the Supreme Court. In view of this unusual development, the experts said, it is quite likely that Vlachou will stay on the case. If she does not, and a replacement prosecutor needs to be appointed, the trial – which began on January 20 – will probably have to start from the beginning and Grigoropoulos’s mother, Gina Tsalikian, will be obliged to repeat her testimony. The trial was relocated to Amfissa from Athens by authorities who feared mass protests in the capital.

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