The course of the trial
The trial took place on the 18th of May 2022 at Samos Court. At 10am, the lawyers, journalists and supporters of the defendants arrived at the Court. From there, long hours of waiting followed. People were concerned that the trial would be postponed, thus extended the Samos#2’s time in a state of legal uncertainty . While the defendants were not present during the trial (N. got his refugee status and is no longer living in Greece and Hasan had left Samos several months ago), Hasan’s family was present to testify about what happened on the 7th of November 2020.
After more than three hours of waiting, the trial finally began. Everyone entered the room to attend. A few minutes later, the judges asked everyone to leave the room and wait in the hallway. The trial started again after a while, the doors were open and the people waiting in the hallway were able to listen to what was being said. Hasan’s sister gave her testimony, thanks to a translator in Farsi, as well as one member of the Hellenic Coastguard.
After a little bit more than one hour, everyone was asked to wait outside the room to let the Court deliberate. N. was acquitted of all charges and Hasan was sentenced to 1 year and 5 months on probation.
 This kind of delay is very common in similar cases. Amir and Razuli’s trial on Lesvos, for example, was postponed two times. The defendants now have to wait for eight months in detention before they can be heard in December.