OPINION

Two-tiered justice system

The situation which has developed with regard to the long delays in the administration of justice in this country is simply unacceptable and provokes public sentiment.

How can it be that defendants are allowed to go free after completing their 18-month pretrial detention periods – even if they are suspected of commiting violent crimes – in what were initially high-profile cases which last for years.
At the same time, no person in their right mind would ever consider investing or doing business in a country where one has to wait for years before any kind of decision is reached.

On the other hand, major cases are forgotten as time goes by, to the benefit of the guilty parties, even when it comes to cases involving large-scale fraud.
Nevertheless, the Greek justice system is occasionally seen acting swiftly in certain targeted and select cases in which there is clearly some kind of political intervention.

The contradiction in such cases is evident.