The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) has reacted to the appointment of Supreme Court Judge Marianthi Pagouteli as Vice President of Greece’s Supreme Court, accusing her of anti-Semitic conduct.
“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the strong resentment of the Greek Jewry for the appointment at the high level of the Greek Justice, of a person who cannot defend the declared position of the Greek State against anti-Semitism, even more so in the capacity of the Vice President of the Supreme Court of our country,” KIS said in a statement Friday.
“We express the certainty that the Greek Justice will safeguard the values of democracy against the followers of intolerance and antisemitism,” it said.
In 2007, during the first instance trial of controversial lawyer Konstantinos Plevris [father of current Health Miister Thanos Plevris] for his book “Jews, The Whole Truth,” Pagouteli, who was then judge of appeals, gave a minority vote advocating for the writer’s acquittal.
In its statement, KIS recalled that “Pagouteli had drawn up an extensive reasoning of 32 pages, justifying the anti-Semitic views of K. Pleuris.”
Pagouteli was promoted by recommendation of the current Justice Minister Kostas Tsiaras.
Well-known journalist Mariana Pirgioti also reacted angrily at the appointment as she could thoroughly recall Pagoutelis’ role in the trial calling on member sof the Jewish community to repudiate the Talmud.
Θυμάμαι καλά @tsiaras_kostas ; Στην πρώτη δίκη του Κ Πλεύρη για το επαίσχυντο βιβλίο του «Εβραίοι όλη η αλήθεια» η Μ. Παγουτέλη ζήτησε απ τον Β.Αλμπάλα Α. Ρεϊτάν να …αποκηρύξουν το Ταλμούδ ώστε να αποδείξουν ότι δεν τα γράφει καλά ο κατηγορούμενος για τους Εβραίους;;;;;
— Mariana Pirgioti (@MarianaPirgioti) September 2, 2022
According to media reports and posts on social media, Pagouteli also ran a blog where she systematically praised Hitler for exterminating millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The blog has been shut down.
It should be noted that objections to Pagoutelis’s promotion have been ongoing on Greek social media since last week.
A year go, Minister Plevris had to officially apologize to the Jewish people over Auschwitz statements following strong reactions by KIS to his appointment.