The trial before a court martial of Manolis Glezos, 37-year-old hero of Greek resistance against the Nazis and now Editor of a pro-Communist Greek newspaper, began in Athens July 9.
The trial before a court martial of Manolis Glezos, 37-year-old hero of Greek resistance against the Nazis and now Editor of a pro-Communist Greek newspaper, began in Athens July 9. He is accused of assisting the alleged leader of a Greek Communist espionage ring. Nineteen other people are being tried with him on charges of aiding Communist espionage in Greece. Among them are four women.
Greek laws provide for the hearing of espionage cases by courts martial, and death or life imprisonment are the possible penalties.
The trial of Glezos has attracted Left-wing publicity in many countries; telegrams - including one from President Voroshilov of the U.S.S.R. - have been sent to the Greek King and Government on behalf of Glezos.
Representatives from several countries - among them the British lawyer Mr. Harvey Moore - are attending the trial, in which several distinguished Greek advocates will be appearing for the defence. Presiding over the 5-officer tribunal is Col. Nikitas Polychronopoulos.
The prosecution say that Glezos had dealings last year with Constantine Koliyannis, said to be head of the underground politburo of the outlawed Greek Communist Party.
Glezos was convicted previously of subversive activities - during the Greek guerrilla war against Communists in 1947 and 1948 - but after two years in prison was released because of his World War II exploits.