• Short Summary

    SIX PEOPLE INCLUDING A FORMER LIBERAL MINISTER APPEARED BEFORE A COURT MARTIAL IN ATHENS ON MONDAY (3 MARCH) TO ANSWER CHARGES OF SPREADING ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA.

  • Description

    SIX PEOPLE INCLUDING A FORMER LIBERAL MINISTER APPEARED BEFORE A COURT MARTIAL IN ATHENS ON MONDAY (3 MARCH) TO ANSWER CHARGES OF SPREADING ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA.

    THE CHARGES ARISE OUT OF A REPORT BY AN EX-MINISTER, IOANNIS ZIGDIS OF THE UNION OF THE CENTRE PARTY, PUBLISHED IN THE LIBERAL NEWSPAPER ETHNOS LAST WEEK. THE STORY, ABOUT CYPRUS, WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN LIABLE TO CAUSE ALARM AND DESPONDENCY AMONG GREEKS.

    APPEARING BEFORE THE COURT WITH MR. ZIGDIS, WHO IS 57 WERE THE PAPER'S EDITOR IOANNIA KAPSIS, ITS EDITOR-IN-CHARGE, COASTS ECONOMIDES, AND ITS PUBLISHERS CONSTANINOS NIKOLAKOPOULOS, COASTS KYRIAZIZ AND ACHILLEUS KYRIAZIS.

    THEY WERE CHARGED WITH VIOLATING LAWS PROHIBITING THE SPREADING OF FALSE RUMOURS. THEY ARE ACCUSED UNDER MARTIAL LAW, WHICH BANS THE PUBLICATION OF MATERIAL LIKELY TO REVOKE ANXIETY AND FEAR OR ENDANGER PUBLIC ORDER AND SECURITY. MINIMUM PENALTY IS ONE YEAR IN PRISON AND A FINE.

    CONSERVATIVE LEADER PANAYOTIS KANELLOPOULOS, THE PRIME MINISTER OVER-THROWN BY THE ARMY IN APRIL 1967, AND OTHER LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE FORMER MINISTERS AND JOURNALISTS WERE SUMMONED BY THE DEFENCE TO GIVE EVIDENCE.

    THE COURT REJECTED A DEFENCE OBJECTION THAT IT WAS NOT COMPETENT TO TRY THE CASE BECAUSE UNDER A RECENT LAW PRESS OFFENSIVE CAME UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF CIVIL COURTS. THE VERDICT IS EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 1) OR THURSDAY (APRIL 2).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAK2D41XUFMQJA8BFFTX1L8BLG
    Media URN:
    VLVAK2D41XUFMQJA8BFFTX1L8BLG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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