Trial of 35 migrants over Moria incidents to continue on Monday

The trial of thirty-five migrants arrested during incidents at the Moria hotspot on Lesvos on July 18 will continue on Monday at the criminal court of the North Aegean, at its interim base on the island of Chios.

The trial opened on Friday morning under heavy security, with police and port authority officers placing roadblocks outside the court building.

Of the 35 migrants, 33 attended the trial. The other two as well as several defence witnesses were prevented from attending because of a seamen’s strike, prompting the court to postpone proceedings to Monday.

The 35 are being charged separately with arson, instigation to rioting, injuring policemen, destruction of private property, resistance, and public disturbance, among other things.

The accused migrants deny all charges and claim that there was no arson, which incurs a crime sentence.