Devastating news in the rape trial here in Athens that I wrote about this morning. The trial has been postponed until January 2011! Why ?
This happened for several reasons, none of which would ever have flown in a proper court of law. Firstly, the defendant’s lawyer claimed she was busy with another case. Which is fine in theory, except it’s a case she picked up last week. Knowing full well, of course, what was on her agenda today.
When she asked for the postponement for this reason, our awesome, chain-cigar-smoking lawyer asked for a continuance instead, which meant we would have resumed after the Easter holidays, as I’d expected. The judge said no. And wham, January 2011 it was – for two rapes that happened in 2005.
And a convicted serial rapist strolled out of the courtroom and into downtown Athens.
I am disgusted and shocked by this miscarriage of justice. They have allowed this man to walk free. Free to rape other women. Because his lawyer was busy. How can this happen? It happens because the legal systm here doesn’t work, even at the best of times. It’s broken and it’s the victims that pay, not the criminals.
The whole story of this latest breakdown of the justice system is much more shocking than I could ever write. Please go over to Natalie Karneef’s blog and read the whole post. If it wasn’t so painful and disgusting it would be described as nothing less than a farce.
Natalie, I know that there are hundreds of thousands of Greeks and foreigners alike here, who would be shocked and angry to hear what happened to you. I hope this case recieves as much publicity as possible. No woman in this country is safe if the Greek authorities can allow such things to happen. I’m disgusted and intend to put the word out as much as I can.