Athens, June 2, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
To the administration of the Court of Appeals of Athens and the standing shortages that exist in courtrooms blames the delays in the trial of the case of the Golden Dawn the Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos.
In response to the president of the Court Maria Lepeniotou and to the prosecutors who spoke of the undermining the expeditious holding of the trial, Mr Paraskevopoulos refers to the efforts of the Ministry of Justice to find a courtroom, while argues that the time and place the trials will take place is within the competence of Justice and particularly of the administration of the Athens Appeals Court.
“Therefore, attempts to shift the responsibility for the delay to the Minister are misplaced and essentially are calling for an intolerable interference of the ministry in the work of justice.
The Justice Minister’s announcement is as follows:
On the occasion to the leaks to the press regarding the statements by the President of the Court before which the members of the Golden Dawn are being tried, the Minister of Justice Transparency and Human Rights, Mr. Nikos Paraskevopoulos, said the following:
– The acceleration of the operation of justice is a key objective of government policy. This is particularly true for trials with significant social and economic parameters, such as that carried out by the accused members of the Golden Dawn.
– The YDDAD reminds that in our country there is a temporal matter of lack of large court rooms, making it difficult to conduct numerous trials. Efforts to meet this need are continuous and have already started.
Already, indeed, from 05/10/2015 have been completed the works involving the safety of the hall of the Athens Appeals Court Ceremonies hall, so now it is possible, in exceptional circumstances, to be used for the same purpose.
Moreover, preparations have started of yet another hall on the site of the Athens Appeal Court ground floor, which has already been auctioned. Finally, the recent effort of the Ministry for finding halls in a building in Faliro is well known. This effort has not paid off yet, but the Ministry has already shifted to other buildings.
– The time and place of any particular dispute falls within the competence of the judiciary itself. The Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, although he bears the overall responsibility for the provision of building facilities of Justice, only in exceptional cases may he designate the venue of a trial, that is, there is a continuing objective impossibility of conducting the meetings of court and only if subjected to this request by the chief court concerned (art. 18 par. 3 n. 1756/1988).
– In this case, a written request to the Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights by the director of the Athens Court of Appeals on the definition of another room to conduct this particular trial, has never been sent.
Therefore, attempts to shift responsibility for the delay to the minister are misplaced and substantive call for undue interference in the Ministry of Justice project.