N17 cell raids ‘illegal, fascist’

Lawyers representing remanded November 17 terrorist suspects yesterday condemned as illegal the confiscation, on Monday night, of notes belonging to two suspects during a surprise inspection of their Korydallos Prison cells. The manuscripts, reportedly memos to Dimitris Koufodinas and Vassilis Tzortzatos’s lawyers, were returned to the suspects yesterday, after being scrutinized by prison authorities. Earlier, Koufodinas had refused to consume food until he got the notes back. «These are fascist, unprecedented methods,» his lawyer, Gianna Kourtovic, complained yesterday. «This arbitrary and illegal act further impedes my client’s efforts to defend himself,» Tzortzatos’s lawyer, Costas Papadakis, added. Other detainees who had their cells searched were Nikos Papanastassiou, Alexandros Yotopoulos – who today is to testify regarding a series of supplementary charges – and Theologos Psaradellis. Yesterday, Greece’s federation of judges and prosecutors angrily dismissed criticism focusing on last month’s arrest of N17 suspect Yiannis Serifis, a prominent unionist.

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