Courts find journalists innocent in Kasidiaris defamation case

The Misdemeanor Courts found the director of Efimerida ton Syntakton Nicolas Voulelis and journalist Dimitris Psarras innocent…

The Misdemeanor Courts found the director of Efimerida ton Syntakton Nicolas Voulelis [pictured right] and journalist Dimitris Psarras [pictured left] innocent of the charges of defamation and violation of personal data, which were brought on by the currently-detained Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris.

Kasidiaris pressed charges against the newspaper published a video where the neo-Nazi party MP is pretending to be a police officer during interrogation. The MP claimed that the video was a joke, reminiscent of 1980s movies and not intended for public viewing. Psarras responded that the movie any thing but a joke, noting that the actors depicted give Nazi salutes and that they were “rehearsing”.

The prosecutor initially proposed a guilty verdict, however the court decided that the newspaper report at best constituted “strict criticism” of a public div, which aimed to inform the general public. The court also held that the publication of the video did not violate any personal data provisions.

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