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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-12-09

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Deadly Marfin Bank arson trial postponed to May 2014

  • [01] Deadly Marfin Bank arson trial postponed to May 2014

    The trial of two people allegedly responsible for the arson of Marfin Bank and an attack against the bookstore Ianos during a national rally in May 2010, scheduled for Monday, was postponed to May 14, 2014.

    The incidents took part during a protest against the loan memorandum agreed between Greece and its troika of lenders in downtown Athens and in Marfin's case led to the death of three people who were trapped in the flaming building.

    Both incidents are being tried under the same case file and the two defendants had been set free on conditions.

    According to the Misdemeanours Council issued in May 2013, one of the two defendants is charged with being the main instigator along with two more people, who remain unknown, of throwing molotovs against the Marfin branch on Stadiou Street, while the other person is charged with attacking the bookstore with another three unknown people.

    According to the judicial council that ordered the trial, both defendants were in the same group of masked-faced people carrying sticks, clubs and sledgehammers. The group split into two sections, each heading at one of the two targeted locations.

    Both charges include the creation and use of an incendiary device, while in Marfin's case the defendant is also charged with murder. The council, in its decision, wrote that the intention of the Marfin Bank attackers was to "kill everyone in the two-storey building" and said that the fact the defendant did not manage to cause the death of all 24 bank staff was not due to lack of intentiona but to external obstacles.

    Both deny the charges, while the one on murder trial has provided evidence he claims show that at the time the fire broke out at the bank he was elsewhere.


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