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Greek court overturns decision on US seizure of Iranian oil cargo from tanker Lana

A Greek court on Wednesday overturned an earlier court ruling that allowed the confiscation by the United States of part of a cargo of Iranian oil on Iranian-flagged tanker Lana off the Greek coast of Karystos in south Evia. The incident led to an angry response by Iran that seized …

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Greece’s top court rules for backdated payment of wrongfully cut pensions

The Council of State, Greece’s supreme administrative court, on Tuesday ruled in favor of the backdated payment of pensions that were wrongfully cut between June 2015 and May 2016. The court ruled in favor of pensioners who had appealed against the pension cuts, seeking the backdated return for the above …

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ECHR ruling gives green light to push-backs at EU’s borders

In an unprecedented ruling the European Court of Human Rights gave green light to push-backs at European borders. In its ruling on February 13, the ECHR ruled that Spain committed no violation when it expelled migrants trying to force their way onto EU territory by scaling fences in a North …

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Greek court strikes a blow to Airbnb rentals in apartment buildings

Short-term rentals via online platforms like Airbnb need the consent of all apartment owners if the place to rent is in an apartment building. This was the ruling of a Greek court in Nafplio, a ruling that strikes a blow to the Airbnb market in the country. The One-Member Court …

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SIEMENS: Court rules 22 defendants guilty of money laundering, bribery

Fifteen years after the SIEMENS bribes scandal broke out, the Greek Justice ruled that  22 out of 54 defendants in total were guilty of money laundering and bribery. Two of the convicted are fugitives. The Three-Party Court of Felony Appeals ruled on Tuesday that 22 of the defendants were found …

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Turkey’s top court ruling may open way to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque

A decision by Turkey’s Supreme Administrative Court may open the way to convert the symbol of Greek Orthodoxy, the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. This is a permanent demand by local nationalists, supported also by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The court has ruled that the historic Monastery of Chora in …

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Council of State freezes 9-storey hotel project at the foot of Acropolis

Greece’s top court, the Council of State has upheld an appeal by residents of Makriyanni against a 9-storey hotel that would block the view to the Acropolis of Athens. Constructors had obtained a legal license but the project froze in March 2019 when the residents appealed to justice and other …

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Justice Ministry intervenes in prison release of ex Energa executive

Greece’s Justice Ministry intervened in the prison release of former executive of private power company Energa, Aris Floros. A court ruled the release on health grounds and triggered an outrage. Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis has reportedly asked for the court ruling that opened the way for the release of the …

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Turkish pilot Ozkaynakci may receive travel documents to leave Greece

Suleyman Ozkaynakci, the Turkish serviceman who piloted the helicopter in which he and seven other Turkish officers fled to Greece after the failed coup in Turkey, was granted full asylum and may receive travel documents to leave Greece. According to the reasoning for granting asylum by the Greek Council of …

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Council of State rules wealth and assets declarations “invalid”

Greece’s supreme administrative court, the Council of State, ruled the content of wealth and assets declarations as invalid. The CoS practically dismissed the relevant Joint Ministerial Decision signed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos, saying it was invalid for all classes of individuals required to …

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Greek police cut down to size: EU’s top court rules for women

European police forces cannot impose blanket height restrictions on recruits because that discriminates against women, the EU’s top court ruled on Wednesday, throwing out an argument from the Greek government. Athens had defended a minimum height requirement for entry to the Greek police academy of 1.70 meters (5 feet 7 …

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ECHR rules Greece to pay €12K-€16K to each of 42 strawberry pickers in Manolada shooting

A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh has won a case against Greece at Europe’s highest human rights court. They were shot at by employer’s foremen for demanding unpaid wages after they had worked for 5 month sin Manolada, Peloponnese. The Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday …

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Court rules Debtors can claim Compensation from Collection Agencies

“Repeated calls from collection agencies to debtors infringe personality and debtors are entitled to compensation.” This is the final decision of a court in Athens after an attorney filed a lawsuit against two collection agencies. The court ruling opens the way for compensation to be claimed for “personality insult” when …

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Supreme Court rules: NO to extradition of 8 Turkish officers

Greece’s Supreme Court rejected the extradition of 8 Turkish officers. The court ruled after a request by Turkey that claimed they were involved in the failed coup of July 2016. In six cases the judges decided unanimously, in two according to majority. Two votes were apparently in favor of the …

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