Posts Tagged ‘Trial’
Friday, March 6th, 2015
As is known, the CCF imprisoned members are on hunger strike until death. Christos’ and Gerasimos’ mother and Gerasimos’ wife testified to the investigating judge on Tuesday, where they both denied the charge of being members of a “terrorist organization” (which is what they are charged with). The comrades’ mother only accepted the charge of “harboring a criminal”, and she was remanded by the counter-terror state. Gerasimos’ wife was also remanded the same day.
On March 4th, Christos Tsakalos wrote a political claim of his own, concerning the escape attempt, and Giorgos Polydoros published a text as well, as a personal friend of his brother was arrested (he was released along with the woman who was arrested on Saturday).
On March 5th, Aggeliki S. and the 39-year-old comrade Christos R. who was arrested in the neighbourhood of Galatsi on February 28th were demanded to testify. Aggeliki gave a statement saying she did not recognise the court and declared herself as anarchist. Aggeliki was then detained in Korydallos, and she had already began a hunger strike from the point of her arrest with the common aims of CCF. Christos R. also gave a statement, and was immediately remanded to Domokos Type C prison.
On March 6th, Christos Polydoros, brother of Giorgos, voluntarily went to the public prosecutor to speak against the repression of the family and friends of CCF, so the prosecutor vermin ordered his arrest. Currently, Christos Polydoros is being held by the anti-terrorist force in the Athens police headquarters [he is now released, 10 March].
Death to the police – Death to the state
Tags: Aggeliki Spyropoulou, CCF Escape case, Christos Polydoros, Christos Rodopoulos, Christos Tsakalos, Domokos, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polydoros, Hunger Strike, Korydallos Prison, Trial, Type C prisons
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Open letter by Spyros Mandylas concerning the trial about the conflict within the movement in 2012 in Thessaloniki (Greece)
Friday, February 27th, 2015
Today, Thursday 26th of February, the trial concerning the inner-movement conflicts of 2012 in Thessaloniki was continued after a break.
From my side, it became clear from the first moment, the fact that the trial cannot take place at this time because my lawyer Fragiskos Ragousis faces some impediment and I am already on the trial concerning “Phoenix” project which takes place in Athens.
Today, the court decided to begin the process although I was not represented by a lawyer. It should be noted that in this trial I am accused of felonies concerning explosions, possession and use of explosives etc. (more…)
Solidarity with anarchist Dante Cano, arrested at Oakland demo against police violence and murders (USA)
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Spread around. Lumpen-proletarian rebel arrested recently in Oakland, CA USA at anti-police demonstration. Squatter and anarchist. Facing serious charges. Help get word out.
Dante Cano is currently being held in Santa Rita jail for participation in a demonstration against police brutality and murder in the Bay Area and across the United States. At the time of his arrest, police in near-by Emervyville had just killed Yuvette Henderson in early February. At the same time, police also had just shot people in San Jose, East Oakland, and also the courts had exonerated the police that shot and killed Alex Nieto in San Francisco. This happened against a back-drop of ongoing police murder and violence across the US as well as a deep and furious revolt in the Bay Area against this murder and repression. (more…)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Translated by act for freedom now
THE TRIAL OF BILLY SILVIA AND COSTA IS APPROACHING:
LET’S RELAUNCH THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TOXICITY
Five years have passed since we were arrested in Switzerland when police at a checkpoint on the Albis pass, Canton of Zurich, found explosives, propane gas canisters, petrol cans and several copies of a claim by Switzerland Earth Liberation Front in the car we were in. The target of the proposed attack was the Binning and Rohrer Nanotechnology Centre, a structure that was under construction at the time, property of IBM in collaboration with ETH, the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich.
The trial took place a year and a half later where we were accused of: preparing deliberate arson; concealing and transporting explosive material; unauthorized trade (importation) of explosives. Federal prosecutor Hansjörg Stadler demanded sentences of 3 years and 4 to 8 months, broadly accepted by federal judge Walter Wütrich. The court confirmed all the charges, except that of illicit traffic (importation) of explosives, a charge we were cleared of.
Parallel to this, the Public Prosecutor of Turin had begun a thorough investigation of the explosive cartridges that the Swiss authorities had found on us to find out where the material had come from. When the investigation was completed, prosecutor Enrico Arnaldi Di Balme issued three more charges against us: terrorist activity involving lethal and explosive devices, possession and transport of explosives in the public space and receiving stolen goods (explosives), all charges aggravated with ‘terrorist intent’. (more…)
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
According to info received, Tamara Sol was found guilty by the court and sentenced to 7 years and 2 months in prison, with a fine of $215.000 (US$ 345 – €300). Recall that Tamara Sol is the comrade who was arrested after a BancoEstado security guard was shot in revenge for the death of Sebastián Oversluij Seguel.
Definitive charges and sentences are the following:
Attempted Murder: 7 years
Theft [of the gun of the security guard who was shot]: 61 Days + fine.
After the trial, there was clashes between Sol family’s and the tribunal guards (gendarmes). The family rebuked the judges and threw leaflets, calling the judges “fascists” and accusing them of developing a biased and political judgment. Also, the judges order to take a DNA sample of Sol, to include it in the National Register of Convicted.
However, there still exists an appeal opportunity against the sentence.
A video of the audience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eFns2YZUFY
And pictures of the meeting:
(from left to right: Luisa Toledo -grandmother-; Ana Vergara -mother-; Manuel Vergara -grandfather-)
(the man with the red megaphone is the father of Sol)
Solidarity to Tamara Sol!
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Inter Arma received from Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras:
After one year of detention in San Miguel prison, anarchist comrade Tamara Sol started to face the trial in which power aims to annihilate her. Tamara is accused of shooting a bank guard in January 2014, just days after a bank guard killed comrade Sebastian Oversluij in an attempted bank robbery, in a different bank branch.
In November 2014, a brief preparation for trial against Tamara was performed, which finally started on this January 23. Tamara is facing a democratic inquisition that wants to sentence her to several years in prison, with charges of attempted murder and accomplished simple theft. (more…)
Friday, January 30th, 2015
The last trial of the people arrested at last year’s NATO protests in Wales is due to be played out in court next Wednesday in Cardiff. This time the police and CPS are trying to stitch up someone up for assaulting an officer. A demonstration is planned outside the Cardiff Magistrate’s at 9.15am on 4th February.
Almost all of the other people arrested at the protests against NATO and the DPRTE arms fair have had their charges dropped. The cases demonstrate, once again, that the cops will make arrests and harass demonstrators any way they can with the aim of stamping out resistance. They also show the urgent need for collective solidarity for those experiencing police repression.
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
THE POLITICAL STATEMENT OF COMRADE KOSTAS SAKKAS READ OUT AT THE TERROR-TRIAL OF KORIDALLOS PRISONS.
I am sending the following text to Athens lawyer Dimitrios Katsaris in order for him to deliver it to his client and my co-accused Giorgos Karagiannidis, in order to read it out in the courtroom during the testimony procedure.
I realize absolutely that what a relative of mine testified during the witnesses’ testimonies was done with the best of intentions. However I must clarify that a large part of it does not reflect reality and does not express me as an individual.
Unfortunately the conditions in which I find myself in, my inability to communicate and the restrictions that this implies, led to the misinterpretation of this specific witness on what their role was, as such.
In my following statement my political opinions and positions are analysed to a large degree as well as what my implication is in the case examined in the court.
On December 4th 2010, two days before the anniversary of the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the forces of repression, I was arrested along with my comrade and friend A.Mitrousias, outside a place in which we were hiding weapons. From the start we clarified that the weapons belonged to us and no one but us. They were not intended to supply any organization and could obviously not be a product for trading. (more…)
Thursday, January 1st, 2015
TRANSLATED BY ACT FOR FREEDOM NOW!
SENTENCES FOR THE 3RD TRIAL IN THE CCF CASE
Today the sentences for those accused in the third trial of the CCF case, including the Nea Smirni case, were announced.
Christos Tsakalos: 24 years and two months, 1.500 euro fine.
Gerasimos Tsakalos: 21 years and two months, 1.200 euro fine.
Mihalis Nikolopoulos: 20 years.
Giorgos Nikolopoulos: 24 years and two months, 1.200 euro fine.
Damiano Bolano: 24 years and two months, 1.200 euro fine.
Panagiotis Argirou: 19 years and nine months, 1.300 euro fine.
Giorgos Polidoras: 25 years, 1.200 euro fine.
Olga Economidou: 25 years, 1.200 euro fine.
Theofilos Mavropoulos: 25 years, 1.200 euro fine.
[accused who deny participation in CCF]
Kostas Sakkas: 16 years (the comrade is underground, having violated his
bail conditions and is wanted)
Alexandros Mitrousias: 14 years.
Giorgos Karagiannidis: 14 years.
Giannis Mihailidis: 5 years.
Dimitris Politis: 6 Months.
It is reminded that on 4/12/14, Stella Antoniou and Kostas Papadopoulos were acquitted of the charge of participation in a terrorist organization in the same trial.
Stella Antoniou was found guilty of simple complicity in aggravated weapons possession and was sentenced to 6 years suspended sentence and Kostadinos Papadopoulos was found guilty of weapons possession and was sentenced to 6 months suspended for 3 years. Both have been released.
Giorgos Karagiannidis read out a statement sent by Kostas Sakkas, who is underground, to his advocate Dimitris Katsaris. Read the statement of Giorgos here.
Saturday, December 27th, 2014
Translated by act for freedom now
The preliminary hearing of the trial against comrade Tamara Sol Farias Vergara took place in Santiago on Monday 24th November. Tamara has been held prisoner in the jail of San Miguel for almost a year on charges of attempted murder and theft.
During the hearing defence lawyers and prosecutors submitted evidence reports, witness statements and other findings.
The court rejected about 28 witnesses for the prosecution, most of them cops of OS-9 and bank employees. Many of them did not even witness the events that led to Tamara’s arrest.
The judge also accepted a defence lawyers’ request and rejected other evidence, findings and materials presented by the prosecution and the representative of Banco Estado (the claimant).
There was a strong presence at this first hearing of comrades who have expressed solidarity with the comrade and her family from the start. But the comrades had to stay outside the court as the judge ordered the hearing be held behind closed doors. In spite of this Tamara managed to hear the slogans shouted by the comrades outside.
The triad of judges will be appointed and the date of the start of the trial fixed in the next few days.
Solidarity and complicity with Tamara Sol!
Friday, October 17th, 2014
Read the full dialogue which took place between various anarchist prisoners and the “Kontra” newspaper here.
I write these lines because of the public critique I received by communist newspaper “Kontra”, concerning my stance to discredit courts by being absent from the procedure. Initially I would like to clarify that I do not dispute even a little bit the comradely intentions of this critique and I recognize the contribution of this specific project as very important to the struggle, with the presence at and update of all terror-trials.
I think the root of this disagreement, is the crucial difference between anarchist analyses and Marxist ideology, concerning the role of the state mechanism, its institutions and the social contracts. (more…)
Reflexiones sobre avance de la represión en Chile – Propagando la solidaridad con Juan, Nataly y Guillermo
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
La acción y la solidaridad son urgentes. Todo lo demás son excusas.
Reflexiones sobre avance de la represión en Chile.
Propagando la solidaridad con Juan, Nataly y Guillermo.
(Texto de Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras)
1. Y aquí vamos otra vez. Porque la guerra continúa.
Tras un ciclo acumulativo de agitación callejera, movilizaciones masivas y expansión de conflictos sociales en Chile, el poder ha buscado generar mecanismos que favorezcan la continuidad y fortalecimiento del modelo de dominación democrático.
Con tal de evitar que las grietas en el cuestionado orden social se extiendan o se vuelvan más profundas, el gobierno de turno ha desplegado diversas tácticas que le permiten anular progresivamente el descontento.
Así, a las movilizaciones masivas que han puesto en cuestión el modelo económico y social gestado en dictadura, se ha respondido con propuestas de reformas sociales que recuperan las consignas de los movimientos de protesta para incluirlos en soluciones configuradas desde el Estado. (more…)
Political statement of anarchist comrade Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, in the trial for the Velvento, Kozani double bank robbery case (Greece)
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Background: Text by the 4 arrested anarchists concerning the double robbery in Velvento, Kozani + Anarchists sentenced for the double bank robbery in Velvento + Letter from Argyris Ntalios & Fivos Harisis
To begin, I would like to clarify the reason I am here today, by taking advantage of the procedure of statements. What will follow therefore, will in no way have an apologetic character, since my acts and choices are included in the wider anarchist struggle, the struggle for life and freedom. Consequently, they are acts that I support with every aspect of my being and I will continue to do so as long as this world remains as it is.
So, no, I am not apologizing, I have to nothing to say and analyse on a procedural level about my actions. I refuse the charges exactly because I refuse civil legality. I refuse to legitimize your role and your justice which is driven and instructed by those governing.
I therefore do not hope for your leniency, I will not bend before the threat of your laws and the many years of prison that await me, even in the worst of conditions that your state reserves for those who refuse to bow their head. These new prisons called “C- Type prisons”. I am here to highlight the characteristics of my choices and exacerbate the dispute between us. You, a part of the judicial authority, and me, a part of the anarchist struggle. And when I say “you”, I do not mean just you specifically, but all the people who hold positions of authority. It is a dispute that escapes the narrow frames of a inter-personal clash, it is a class and social war that spreads in the space-time continuum, it finds its roots in the initial forms of capitalism and the relations of exploitation and authority which for centuries now have defined the human race. (more…)
Solidarity with Juan, Natalie and Guillermo: 3 arrested comrades are formally charged under the anti-terrorist law in recent Santiago bombings case (Chile)
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
(Translated by Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras from “Refractario”)
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the judicial formalization of charges was performed against Juan Flores, Natalie Casanova and Guillermo Duran, comrades arrested on September 18 accused of the last explosive attacks that occurred in Santiago.
In a special courtroom (with two floors), used for large prosecutions, formalization was performed with a great security device that included the presence of anti-riot prison guards and various controls before enter the court room.
The 3 comrades were charged under anti-terrorist law:
Juan Flores: Charged with 5 accusations. Accused as the author of the subway bombing in “Los Diminicos” station (July 23) and the “Sub-center” (September 8 ), actions that were claimed by “Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Chile”. He was also accused as the perpetrator of the double simultaneous explosive attack against two Police Headquarters on August 11, claimed by CIV (International Conspiracy of Revenge). Also accused of the strange charge of “Tenure and processing of explosives for terrorist actions in the attempted grade”.
Juan is now under preventive prison for 10 months during the prosecution’s investigation, awaiting for trial. (more…)
Monday, August 11th, 2014
Inter Arma received and translated:
In this session the testimonies of the defence witnesses called by some defendants who are not members of CCF, were scheduled to begin. Before the beginning of this procedure, the comrades of CCF read a statement concerning their refusal to call defence witnesses.
Here are some fragments of that statement:
” … this trial is reaching its end. At this point, your legal culture gives us the right to call defence witnesses. But the logic of calling some other individual to defend you, seems crippled and victim-like to us.
We are aware of the fact that, a parade of defence witnesses takes place in many trials against anarchists and that one can even find representatives of the Left and university professors among those people.
Quite often, defence witnesses in full cooperation with the defendants build a humanitarian profile for the ones prosecuted, presenting them to be “good people”, “intelligent students” and “pure ideologues” in order to win the judges’ sympathy. This whole scenery seems to us more like a psychotherapy session than an aggressive stance against the judges. (…) So, we are neither “good people” nor “intelligent students” and “pure ideologues” who are prosecuted for their ideals. We are anarcho-nihilists prosecuted because they put their ideas into practice without ever regretting anything.
This is why we refuse to be victims that need defence. For us the best “defence” is the continuing actions of the illegal cell of CCF and the network of FAI/IRF.
So, we don’t look for defence witnesses but for accomplices to commit the “crime” of anarchy (…)”.
After the reading of the statement, the lawyers of the rest of the defendants referred to some trial documents. A document was filed which proved that A.Mitrousias takes classes of the Open University while in prison, while there was a reference to the fact that G.Karagiannidis attended a graduation ceremony in order to receive his degree, while the comrades of CCF were in clandestinity.
The testimony of the first defence witness was interrupted because of the tension created in the courtroom.
The reading of additional documents continued.
The reading of additional documents continued.
The reading of additional documents continued.
The reading of the reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trial continued.
The reading of the reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trial continued.
The reading of the reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trial continued. Among other things, it was stated that CCF’s attacks had a negative impact on the country’s image abroad and that this resulted in scaring foreign financial investors.
The basic reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trials against CCF for the Chalandri case was read (we remind you that the comrades have already been sentenced to more than 200 years of imprisonment…). Indicative of the trial’s atmosphere is the fact that it was stated that the warning telephone call before the explosion in the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace was made to “terrorize” civilians.
The session was postponed due to the absence of one of the judges.
The reading of some additional documents of the Counter-terrorism agency was completed and the date for the next session, where the testimonies of the defence witnesses would begin, was scheduled. The comrades of CCF stated that they will not call defence witnesses since they stand against the logic of being defended by other individuals in an enemy territory like a courtroom. “We are not here to have defence witnesses calling us “good people” with “ideals”. We are here because we are prisoners of the state and we declare that we are everlasting enemies of the system you represent…”
In this session the question of whether the defendants who haven’t claimed responsibility for participating in CCF, are indeed members of the group or not, was raised once again.
The comrades of CCF repeated in every possible way that it goes without saying that whoever doesn’t claim responsibility for being a member of CCF cannot obviously be their comrade or a member of the group.
That was the first time when the judge and the prosecutor referred to “secondary members”, who are not part of the group’s nucleus and don’t make decisions, wanting to create suspicions for the rest of the defendants. The comrades of CCF clearly stated that there are neither secondary or main members nor a decision making nucleus. CCF is a not group that was created on the basis of rules and hierarchy but a living experiment of human relations, far away from leaders and followers. Their exact statement was the following: “CCF is a conspiracy of friendship and comradeship among anarchists who feel alive only in their actions.” While they, once again, affirmed the deep political and ethical differences, which separate them from the rest of the defendants.
Sessions with defence witnesses
The testimonies of the defence witnesses called by A. Mitrousias, K. Sakkas, G. Karagiannidis and S. Antoniou, who have nothing to do with CCF, took place in the following sessions.
Among the defence witnesses were personal friends of the defendants, their parents, former employers, university professors, DNA scientists as well as communists and anarchists.
All of them testified that those defendants have nothing to do with CCF and its actions. The political defence witnesses testified about things like the massive movement, the police frame-ups against anarchists, the oppression of Capital, the social struggles, while the judges were often asking about the difference between an anarchist and an anti-authoritarian (?). The personal defence witnesses testified about the character of the defendants and their relationship with them, in their working area (i.e. there was a testimony by the former employer of G. Karagiannidis) and in other social relations (from the testimonies it became known that A. Mitrousias had decided to surrender himself on the 8th of December in order to go on trial during the first trial against CCF).
In between those sessions the nationwide hunger strike of the prisoners in Greece against the bill for the creation of maximum security prisons took place. The comrades of CCF and the rest of the defendants interrupted the trial until the end of the hunger strike.