Fifteen greeks went on trial before a special court martial in Athens on Friday (17 March), accused of having organised a nationwide subversive campaign against the Greek Government.
Fifteen greeks went on trial before a special court martial in Athens on Friday (17 March), accused of having organised a nationwide subversive campaign against the Greek Government. The 15 are accused of bombing attempts and distribution of pamphlets.
According to the 26-page indictment published a week ago, the accused are all members of the banned Panhellenic Liberation Movement(PAK) which has its headquarters in stockholm. The greek police claim one of the defendants- Ioannis Koronaios, a lawyer - was responsible for planting the bomb which exploded harmlessly while Premier George Papadopoulos was meeting United States Defence Secretary Melvin Laird in October 1970.
The accused, who include doctors, lawyers, an economist, a soldier, a sailor and a reserve officer, were arrested in October and November 1970. Among them is one woman - Chryssa Barbayianneri.
SYNOPSIS: In Athens, a special military court has begun the trial of fifteen Greeks accused of subversive activities against the Greek Government. The fifteen, who include professional people and members of the armed forces, are claimed to belong to the banned panhellenic Liberation Movement, based in Sweden.
The charges against the fifteen fill a 26-page indictment. They include bombing attempts and the distribution of anti-Government pamphlets. The accused, including one woman, were arrested after a bomb exploded harmlessly in Athens in October 1970. At the time of the explosion, Prime Minister Papadopoulos was holding talks with United States Defence Secretary Melvin Laird.