KEFiM: Irianna’s case to become a cause for swifter, more transparent and truly independent justice in Greece.
Two people who were finally acquitted by the court had to spend many months imprisoned in a long-lasting judicial adventure that quickly captivated the public for all the wrong reasons: for its highly problematic practices, for the unacceptable delay in the administration of justice, for the fact that the character, the social relations, the ideological beliefs of the two formerly accused were put down.
Their trial became political, in a way that indicates a problematic legal order, while strong efforts have been made on both sides to fairly as well as unfairly influence the court.
All of these facts should be worrying us and act as a base for extensive interventions for improvement. Irianna’s case should become a prerequisite for swifter, more transparent and truly independent justice in Greece. A reason for the immediate correction of legislation in our country, the principle that guarantees knowledge of laws in advance for everyone, with general rather that photographic content and universal application. Moreover, in a liberal state the compensation of the two people for the period of their imprisonment is self-evident.
As professor Aristides Chatzis and Dr. Yulie Foka-Kavalieraki, members of the Academic Board of KEFiM, who wrote extensively about this case during its first steps: “As liberals, we will continue to fight for everyone’s rights, innocent and guilty, even for our opponents. We will continue to strive so that Greece will finally have a liberal legal system that will protect rather than restrict rights. Which will punish the acts and not the beliefs. Which will allow Greeks to feel safe but mostly free and dignified”.