Call for a fair and transparent trial for the accused Moria 6 based on the presumption of innocence

On 11 June 2021, the trial against four of the six teenage migrants accused of burning down Moria Camp will take place on the Greek island of Chios. From the moment of their arrest and before any due process of law, they have been presented to the public as the culprits. Two co-accused minors were already convicted to prison sentences in March, despite a lack of evidence and a trial riddled with irregularities. We are deeply concerned that their right to a fair and just trial based on the presumption of innocence is not guaranteed and that they are instead made scapegoats for the inhumane EU migration policy. We stand in solidarity with the Moria 6 & against the deadly European border regime!

Lesvos: Refugee faces two life sentences after surviving shipwreck and trying to save 33 lives

This Thursday, 13th May 2021, 27-year-old Mohamad H., father of four children, has to stand trial in Mytilene, Lesvos. Mohamad H., who tried to save his own life and that of the 33 passengers on board during a shipwreck, is charged by Greek authorities with endangering the life of others and causing the death of two. For this, he is facing two life sentences and a further ten years imprisonment for each passenger.

Scandalous sentencing of Syrian refugee on Lesvos: Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration.

Scandalous sentencing of a Syrian refugee on the Greek island of Lesvos to 52 years imprisonment. Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration. On Friday 23 April 2021, the trial of K. S., a young man who fled Syria, took place in Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos. He was sentenced to 52 years imprisonment for "illegal entry" and "facilitating illegal entry". Trial observers from the initiatives "You Can't Evict Solidarity", Christian Peacemaker Teams - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe consider the verdict a scandal. They criticise the unfair trial and once again demand the immediate release of the accused.

Fleeing is not a crime: Syrian refugee threatened with decades in prison after trial in Lesvos

Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 April 2021, the trial of K.S., a young man who fled Syria, will take place in Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos. He is accused of "facilitating illegal entry" (smuggling), "illegal entry" and "provoking a shipwreck" (endangering human life). If convicted, he faces several decades in prison. The initiatives You Can't Evict Solidarity, CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe demand the acquittal and immediate release of the accused man.

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 April 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

In the latest case of unjust prosecution of those seeking asylum in Greek courts, KS will stand trial before a jury at Mytilene Court in Lesvos, accused of endangering human lives and facilitating illegal entry. He has been falsely accused of steering the boat that took him and his fellow travellers from Turkey to Greece. KS had previously been tortured and jailed in Turkey. His arrival on Chios island on 2 March 2020 corresponded with the patriot games of Greece and Turkey when Turkish President Erdogan opened up the borders and pushed thousands of migrants into Greece in an act of political blackmail against the European Union. Since the day he arrived, Greek authorities have detained KS in Korydalos prison, where Covid-19 restrictions have prevented his wife and three children from visiting him. The first time he will see them again in over a year will be the day he stands trial.

CPT International: Borders are the wounds from which Mother Earth bleeds

The border cuts right through our ancestral land in Zagros. It has given us division, landmines, wars, among other atrocities. It has made us Iraqis on one side and Iranians on the other. Even the minerals, the other than human populations of trees, rivers and lakes have been divided that way. There are rivers whose source they claim to be Iranian and whose waters downstream to be Iraqi. So absurd and totalist is that border.


Ν.U. Τι βιώσατε στις φυλακές της Χίου; F. Είναι μια μικρή, παλιά φυλακή. Υπήρχαν 200 άτομα και δέκα θαλάμοι. 20-24 άτομα μένουν στους θαλάμους, υπερπλήρεις. Υπήρχε μόνο μία τουαλέτα και μια μικρή κουζίνα για κάθε θάλαμο. Το φαγητό ήταν πολύ κακό. Εάν κάποιος είχε χρήματα, μπορούσε να ψωνίσει στην αγορά φυλακών. Περισσότεροι από τους μισούς στη φυλακή έπρεπε να τρώνε αυτά τα άθλια γεύματα επειδή δεν είχαν χρήματα. Υπήρχαν πολλές διαφορετικές εθνικότητες εκεί, Ρώσοι, Τούρκοι, Αλβανοί, Κούρδοι, Άραβες, Αφγανοί, Αφρικανοί, Πακιστανοί, Ιρανοί ... Όλοι σε ομάδες σύμφωνα με τη γλώσσα και τη χώρα τους.


NU: How would you evaluate the legal process in Greece for migrants? F: Migrants cannot explain their troubles. The interpreters are very bad, and migrants cannot even contact their lawyers. If you do not submit additional evidence to the courts, the investigating judge closes the file, and then a new court board is appointed. So nobody truly understands your case. It is decided in a single session, very quickly. They rule according to the judgments of the previous prosecutor and judge without ever seeing you. Even if they see you, they do not ask a single question. The hearing takes only five to ten minutes.


Κατηγορήθηκα με ψευδείς αποδείξεις για συμμετοχή στη «πανεπιστημιακή οργάνωση νεολαίας» του HDP. Ήταν ένας τύπος κατηγορίας "copy-paste" που επιβλήθηκε σε όλους. Απελευθερώθηκα λόγω έλλειψης αποδεικτικών στοιχείων, αλλά η υπόθεση συνεχίστηκε. Μετά επέστρεψα στην Κωνσταντινούπολη και συνέχισα τις πανεπιστημιακές και πολιτικές δραστηριότητες. Το 2014, στο τελευταίο στάδιο της δίκης, ο εισαγγελέας ζήτησε την αθώωσή μας λόγω έλλειψης αποδεικτικών στοιχείων. Αλλά έβγαλαν τον εισαγγελέα από την υπόθεση και ο νέος εισαγγελέας απαίτησε αυστηρότερη ποινή. Τον Μάιο του 2014, καταδικάστηκα σε 11 χρόνια φυλάκισης για "συμμετοχή σε τρομοκρατική οργάνωση και αντίσταση στην αστυνομία". Εκδόθηκε ένταλμα σύλληψης εναντίον μου.


I was charged with false evidence for taking part in the HDP's university youth organization. It was a "copy-paste" type of indictment imposed on everyone in the youth organization. The authorities released me due to a lack of evidence, but the investigation continued. I went back to Istanbul and continued school and political activities. In 2014, at the trial's end, even the prosecutor requested our acquittal because of the lack of evidence. But they dismissed that prosecutor from the case, and the new prosecutor demanded the most severe penalty. In May 2014, I was sentenced to 11 years for 'membership of a terrorist organization' and 'resisting arrest'. An arrest warrant was issued against me.
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