June 27 saw the trial of eight members of the Nazi group Golden Dawn in the northern Greek city of Veria. The eight (among them, a candidate MP) were charged with raiding and trashing a cafe (on June 12) owned by the relative of a local anarchist. The eight also sued the owner of the cafe in an apparently retaliatory move – and so they all faced charges brought against one another.
The court’s decision was to convict the cafe owner to a sentence of 4 months and 20 days suspended. The only GD member convicted received a lower sentence, of 4 months. The remaining seven defendants were acquitted on the basis of an administrative glitch – purely based on the fact that when suing them, those prosecuting had neglected to pay stamp duty (!) to the court. The court also refused to accept video evidence of the Nazi attack on the cafe.