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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-12

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  • [01] Athens Bar Association deplores Kouyias for slandering the dead, defamation of colleagues
  • [02] Pavlopoulos calls for unity
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Athens Bar Association deplores Kouyias for slandering the dead, defamation of colleagues

    The Athens Bar Association (DSA), in an announcement, deplored high-profile lawyer Alexis Kouyias, who has assumed the defense of the two special guards responsible for the shooting death of a 15-year-old teen in the Exarhia district of Athens on Saturday night that sparked four nights of unprecedenting rioting and vandalism in the capital and other cities throughout the country, for statements that are slanderous and counter to the lawyers' code of ethics. It also noted that a DSA First Degree Disciplinary Council decision for Kouyias' expulsion from the Athens Bar Association was currently pending before the Areios Paghos' (Greek Supreme Court) Supreme Disciplinary Council.

    "The DSA Board unanimously deplores in the most categorical way the recent statements by its member, attorney Alexis Kouyias, in the framework of his defense of the defendant in the murder of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The defense functin is an absolute right, but is subject however to the rules of the deontology (code of ethics) in the practice of law," the announcement said.

    "Slandering the dead 15-year-old, either personally or through repetition of the views of his (Kouyias') client to the mass media, as well as the defamation of the lawyers who did not accept to undertake the defense, is a contravention of the rules of deontology in the practice of law and the duty of a direct manner of defense. It comprises a new - ethical - murder, that fuels the tension in these days when the entire Greek society is rising up and demonstrating, in tribute to his memory and against police arbitrariness," the announcement added.

    "For this reason, disciplinary action has been taken, and the matter has been referred to the DSA's relevant Disciplinary Councils," the DSA announced.

    "Let it be known that a decision for permanent expulsion (from the DSA) has already been issued by the DSA's First Degree Disciplinary Council, which was forwarded on May 30, 2008 to the Supreme Disciplinary Council, at the Areios Paghos, where it is pending," the announcement concluded.

    [02] Pavlopoulos calls for unity

    Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, addressing the Parliament Plenum on Thursday, said that publicity produced by the hooded man should not be exploited in Parliament for the sake of opposition games.

    The House was debating on a bill regarding the restructuring of municipal police.

    "Let us respect grief, let us condemn the troublemakers, let us be united at last, we have other opportunities for opposition," he said.

    Main popposition PASOK party Parliamentary representative Evangelos Venizelos said that "in essence, the government, represented by the prime minister himself, is implementing a logic that is very close to the logic of Hatziavatis (In the traditional Greek "Karaghiozis" shadow theater, Hatziavatis is an acquiescent, moral, honest and industrious man, who, however, is subservient to his boss (the prime minister) 'they will beat us, they will sweat, they will catch cold, they will get pneumonia and they will die' and we shall remain beaten up, humiliated but the holders of power."

    Pavlopoulos said in turn that Venizelos "is telling us that parents, pupils, (the Teachers unions) DOE, OLME, did not go to grieve over the death of Alexis, but that they found the opportunity to demonstrate objection to the economic policy of the government. Is this PASOK's assessment?" adding that "I thought that they came out to grieve over the death of a child who was lost due to the lack of wisdom of a policeman who expressly violated the rules of the police corps."

    Achilleas Kantartzis said on the part of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) that the mainstream parties desire a coverup of the real events since the one side spoke of a circumstantial event and the other as if authoritarianism appeared yesterday, as if it was not the heightening of an entire course over the past 15 years (electronic filing, terror law, Euroterror law, Schengen Treaty, new suppression bodies and the right of even private policemen to use a gun).

    Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary representative Fotis Kouvelis referred to KKE's leadership, stressing that "KKE said that we are caressing the ears of the hooded men, but I think that some others are caressing their complacency and certainties that do not exist and they do not exist because all this which is being recorded as mobility, as reaction by young people is for us the adding up of anger, suffocation that is the result of the neo-liberal conservative policy. And those who are not making this ascertainment have great responsibilities."

    As regards the bill, Pavlopoulos withdrew article 30 that concerned "arrangements concerning the service state of former deputies."

    Caption: Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos speaks in parliament on Thursday 11 December 2008. ANA-MPA/PANTELIS SAITAS

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    ‘he siege of police stations by teen demonstrators and the taking stock of damages by Athens and other major cities after the violence that broke out after the shooting death of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a police officer in Athens, dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Police stations under siege - Friday's rallies are equally crucial".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Lawyers' war - Major disputes erupted among lawyers over the case that shocked Greece(Alexis Grigoropoulos's death)".

    AVGHI: "Students, pupils and teachers rally on Friday in Athens".

    AVRIANI: "Americans want to topple prime minister Costas Karamanlis - They want to annul the contracts he signed with (then Russian president Vladimir) Putin for the natural gas pipelines".

    CHORA: "The revolution of the 16-year-olds - Police stations in pupils' tight grip".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "........They tore off the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary group's political hood - 'MP Psarianos a strong supporter of terrorism', Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis charges in a newspaper article ".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Pupils 'ntifada' - 15-year-old river of rage with rallies, take-overs and raids on police stations - The Greek uprising inspires the youth internationally".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Lesson no 1: Raid on police stations - Pupils' movements with rallies, demonstrations, take-overs and stone-throwing war".

    ESTIA: The political parties historical responsibilities - Why main opposition PASOK and ruling New Democracy failed".

    ETHNOS: "The government under siege - The movements in the education sector escalating".

    KATHIMERINI: "The riots intensify the crisis - Greece's cost of borrowing increases".

    LOGOS: "Schools 'on fire' -Tension and street battles outside police stations.".

    NIKI: " The 16-years-olds rise up - Pupils' rage intensifies".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "New rally on Wednesday 17 December - We continue and escalate the working class' struggle".

    TA NEA: "The warning bell sounds for Karamanlis - The governent at an impasse in Greece and internationally".

    TO VIMA: "Karamanlis is troubled - The dilemmas and the impasses - He will speak on Friday on the succession scenarios".

    VRADYNI: "350,000 euros liquidity breather for small and medium enterprises".

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