The women who brought down Greece’s Golden Dawn

Female legal experts played key role in confronting far-right party’s violent tactics

Behind the bench, before her mostly male audience, as the marathon trial of Golden Dawn entered its last act, supreme court justice Maria Lepenioti did what she has done every week: she kept the peace.

It has not been easy. Emotions have often run high. Even as the curtain was about to come down on proceedings with a ruling on whether those convicted should be jailed pending appeal, the Greek judge, both laconic and low-key, has had to pull off an extraordinary balancing act presiding over a case that has put more Nazi leaders and sympathisers in the dock than at any time since Nuremberg.

In her court every word has counted. There has been no tolerance for the extreme rhetoric that fuelled the neo-fascist group’s spectacular rise. Nor for jibes from the other side.Advertisement

“Day after day, session after session, she has managed to keep the harmony,” says Giota Tessi, a reporter with the centre left Syntaktwn paper who has observed the proceedings almost since they began in April 2015. “Her knowledge of the case file is incredible. She has been a model of restraint but she has also been very aware of the weight of the moment.”

You can read the full Guardian article here:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/22/the-women-who-brought-down-greeces-golden-dawn?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR3qOmQAHGCDxcIRD8wjTcorxyOmyNkLnqdrdLQEXT2poS1vTB2YXDWaatQ