The Vaxevanis trial: no lawyers, no witnesses? Apparently no problem.

As we posted earlier today, the re-trial of Kostas Vaxevanis for publishing, back in October 2012, a list of 2000+ names of Greek bank account holders in Switzerland, known as the Lagarde list, was due to take place this morning in the Athens courthouse. It took the court a full hour and a half, from 9:00 until 10:30am, and three private conversations in recess, to determine that, in the absence of two of three defense lawyers and of three of four defense witnesses, the trial should be postponed.

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"Sue Venizelos now!" by Kostas Vaxevanis

Re-posted and translated from Pandora’s Box by @IrateGreek
Is there a prosecutor to do the obvious? Yes, I know, this sentence has been written and said thousands of times before, but I don’t know what else I can write anymore. The Parliamentary Committee investigating the issue of the Lagarde list [1] has now officially received from the French authorities documents describing how the list arrived in Greece. This fully confirms HotDoc’s findings: we wrote that the list arrived through official channels from France, together with official handover and delivery notes, in order for it to be used by the tax department. Everything we uncovered as journalists with information provided the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Greek Embassy in Paris has now been forwarded, officially, to Parliament.

#rbnews international show – 27 October 2012

Our guest on the #rbnews international weekly show today was Aris Chatzistefanou (@xstefanou), of Debtocracy and Catastroika fame. We discussed Golden Dawn, its links with the Greek police force, the many failures of Greek media to handle these issues and the publication of the Lagarde list” in Hot Doc magazine. The weekly news section is a little longer than usual, as there were many things to report this week.
You can listen to the podcast after the jump.

#rbnews international show – 06 October 2012

In the second #rbnews English-language show of this season covering the period 30 September-06 October 2012, we discussed the Lagarde list, the new austerity measures, the multiple detentions and arrests by the police and torture cases and upcoming events in Greece, as well as developments with regards to the financial crisis in other European countries. The podcast is available after the jump.

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