Grigoropoulos judge quits trial

The judge presiding over the trial of two policemen charged with the murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos in Exarchia in December 2008 quit yesterday, complaining that the prosecution lawyers had cast doubts about her impartiality following her questioning of testimony given by a witness to the shooting. «I cannot take anymore. My impartiality has been questioned before the trial has even begun,» Angelita Papavassileiou, said. She condemned the behavior of lawyers on both sides, accusing them of «turning this court into a wrestling ring even though I know you drink coffee together.» Papavassileiou’s withdrawal came after the two prosecution lawyers said they would quit due to the judge’s interpretation of some laws. It is unclear who will preside over the court on Wednesday when the trial is to resume with testimony from a friend of the dead teenager who had been with him on the night of the shooting.

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