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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-09-22

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

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader Tsipras meets with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire
  • [02] Two facing long jail sentences over Golden Dawn attack in 2008

  • [01] SYRIZA leader Tsipras meets with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire

    ANA-MPA - The country's salvaging from the "memorandum ordeal" and the adoption of initiatives to protect peace on international level were the two main issues raised by main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) president Alexis Tsipras in a meeting on Monday with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire.

    Tsipras referred to the risks for peace in the greater region, adding that a "world peace coalition" could avert the risks, including the risk of another world war.

    He noted that the Cyprus issue should be solved based on the UN decisions and the European acquis and underlined the need for the normalization of relations between Greece and Turkey.

    On her part, Maguire referred to the world anti-war forum in Sarajevo in June, marking the 100th anniversary of WWI, and to the struggle to end the bloody violence in Northern Ireland.

    She also referred to her participation in the "aid ship to Gaza" initiative and to the recent initiative in Syria via Iran, expressed opposition to foreign interventions and alleged "humanitarian wars" and noted the militarisation tendency in the EU.

    [02] Two facing long jail sentences over Golden Dawn attack in 2008

    ANA-MPA - An Athens criminal court on Monday handed down guilty verdicts and long sentences to two men for an attack organised by members of the Golden Dawn party on June 30, 2008 in the Athens district of Petralona. Two people had been injured during the attack, which took place at a venue called "Antipnia".

    The court, which did not accept any mitigating circumstances for either of the two accused, imposed a prison sentence of 13 years and six months on the first and 11 years, six months on the second. The sentences were not suspended pending appeal and both men will be led straight to prison.

    The verdict was in accordance with the recommendation of the prosecutor on the bench, who asked that both be found guilty of the assault, attempted murder and illegally carrying and using weapons.

    Based on the charges, the two were part of an organised Golden Dawn attack on the 'Antipnia' venue, which they entered on motorbikes and wearing helmets while it was being used to give Spanish lessons to small children. After vandalising the venue, they stabbed the Spanish teacher and one other person on the scene.

    The two defendants on the stand are also facing charges as members of a criminal organisation, in the broader Golden Dawn case that includes the leaders of the party. One of the two is considered a high-ranking member of the organisation and was a candidate for the party in the 2009 municipal elections.

    They had both been arrested and led to a police court on charges of inflicting serious bodily harm. The police court, however, had declared itself not competent to try the case, which it referred to a criminal court with a greater charge of attempted manslaughter.


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