Criminal procedure

Actor acquitted of 2018 rape of taxi driver

An actor that had been remanded in custody for 15 months on charges that he had drugged and raped a 25-year-old taxi driver was acquitted by a court in Athens on Tuesday.

A seven-judge court voted 4-3 in favor of the suspect's acquittal. However, the judges voted unanimously to convict him of illegal drugs possession and handed him a suspended 30-day jail sentence.

Protesters Vent Fury With Zagreb Mayor During Trial

Citizens of Zagreb dissatisfied with the two-decade-long rule of their mayor, Milan Bandic, protested on Wednesday in front of the County Court during a hearing against him.

As Bandic walked into the court, they whistled and shouted: "He is guilty!" They also held up banners with messages such as, "Mafia go home". Some protesters sat in the courtroom.

Jury Resignation Stops Gruevski Trial in North Macedonia

Dealing a death blow to a trial of the fugitive former prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, the main judge in the case codenamed TNT, Ognen Stavrev, on Monday said jury member Lijana Ivanovska Kockovska had resigned, rendering the entire process null and void.

Stavrev scheduled a new start for the trial on Tuesday, warning defence lawyers not to try to stall the case any further.

Court postpones retrial in US tourist's beating death

A Greek court on Wednesday postponed the retrial of seven suspects on murder charges over the 2017 fatal beating of a Texan tourist on an island resort to allow a lawyer newly hired by the victim's family to familiarize himself with the case.

The court in the western port town of Patras postponed the case until Jan. 13.

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