- Konstantinos Plevris
Konstantinos A. Plevris ( _gr. Κωνσταντίνος Α. Πλεύρης) is an
attorney of lawof the Greek Supreme Court and controversial Greek nationalist author. Over the course of decades he has authored dozens of books relating to Greek history, Greek culture, sociology, and politics. He was the founder and leader of two nationalist parties, 4th of August and Front Line. He later joined Popular Orthodox Rally. He currently is the host of the weekly television program "Edo Ellas" (Εδώ Ελλάς in Greek) on channel EXTRA-3 and was the host of "Istorikes Mnimes" (Ιστορικές Μνήμες) for a decade on channel TeleAsty. He is also the father of Greek member of parliament Thanos Plevris.
In December 2007, Plevris was found guilty of inciting racial hatred by a Greek court.
Education and academic background
Plevris graduated from the
Lycée Leonin. He received his law degree from the University of Thessaloniki, his degree in Political Sciencefrom the Panteion University, and his degree in Sociology from Paris, France.Fact|date=December 2007 As a professor, he taught political sociologyand psychological warfareat the School of Police Officers (Σχολη Αξιωματικων των Σωμάτων Ασφαλείας) and the Faculty of General Education of the Hellenic Army General Staff. Though Plevris no longer teaches in any academic institutions, he has been made honorary professor of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajarafor his writings on the subject of Ancient Greece.
Lawsuit against Nikos Kleitsikas
Nikos Kleitsikas, in his 2000 book " The Greek Student Movement in Italy", claimed that Plevris was a CIAor MOSSADagent during the Cold Warand participated in bombings. Plevris successfully sued Nikos Kleitsikas and the publisher of the book, Aggelos Sideratos, for libelin the summer of 2006. The Greek court of appeals vindicated him and the defendants were forced to pay a large sum in compensation and issue statements that they respect Plevris and anything said against him in the book was the result of erroneous information and untruthful sources. [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=195&Itemid=0 Lawsuit Against "Ios" From Plevris, 1 April 2007] ]
Lawsuit over "Jews: The Whole Truth"
Konstantinos Plevris is the author of "", a highly critical appraisal of
Judaismand Zionism, published in June 2006.
In the book, Plevris describes himself as a "Nazi, fascist, racist, anti-democrat, anti-Semite" (p. 600), subscribes to the myth of the
Protocols of the Elders of Zion, characterizes Jewish children in the concentration camps as "very fat" and "well-fed", claims that Jews are "subhuman" (p. 583) "mortal enemies", and criticizes the Nazis for "not ridding Europe of Jewish Zionism". In the same book, he characterizes former UN secretary Kofi Annanas "cannibal" and "descendant of cannibals" and allegedly states that Jews need to be "rounded-up and executed within 24 hours", which is "the only way they understand" (p. 742). However, Plevris contends that "Of the 1,400 pages of my large book, the condemnation encompasses only several paragraphs, of which portions were extracted, with the result that another meaning was given to the words and truth is distorted due to the alteration of phrases". [http://www.elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=596&Itemid=52 Jews Are Bringing Us to Court, 30 July 2007] ] On the other hand, district attorney Leonidas Lazarakos referred to Plevris as a " historian". [http://www.elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=721&Itemid=52 Rendezvous Again on 3 December, 15 September 2007] ] [ [http://www.enet.gr/online/online_text/c=112,id=42961328 Plevris On the Docket, 12 September 2007] ]
For this book Plevris was indicted by the a Greek district attorney on charges of inciting racial violence. [ ["http://www.e-tipos.com/newsitem?id=7506 Η δίκη Πλεύρη αναστατώνει τον ΛΑΟΣ"] , Eleftheros Typos, 21 August 2007] Shortly after its publication the
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greeceand the Greek Helsinki Monitorbrought a suit against Plevris for "insulting Jews" and "injury to Judaism". They also brought charges against the newspaper Eleftheros Kosmos, which published extracts of the book. [ [http://www.elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=607&Itemid=0 KIS Lawsuit Against "Eleftheros Kosmos" and Konstantinos Plevris, 1 August 2007] ] In December of 2006, Plevris was indicted for violation of Article 191 of the Penal Code, the dissemination of false news. Several weeks later "Eleftheros Kosmos" and Plevris learned that they were being taken to court under the Greek Anti-Racist Law of 1979. [ [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=700&Itemid=1 Jews and Dimitras Try "Eleftheros Kosmos", 3 September 2007] ] Both Plevris and "Eleftheros Kosmos" characterized the lawsuit as an attempt to suppress free speech. According to Plevris, this lawsuit had no legal basis as it is a "violation of articles 320, 321 (paragraph 1), and 111 (paragraph 7) of the Greek Penal Code". [http://www.elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=596&Itemid=52 Jews Are Bringing Us to Court, 30 July 2007] ]
The first hearing, which was set for
5 September 2007, was postponed until 11 September 2007. [ [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=702&Itemid=1 K.I.S. and E.P.S.E Postpone Trial of "Eleftheros Kosmos", 5 September 2007] ] The trial began on 11 September 2007but, due to time constraints, it was again postponed, this time to 3 December 2007. [ [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=714&Itemid=1 The First Defeat of the "Anti-Racists", 11 September 2007] ]
On the first court date, several supporters of Plevris and the
far-right" Eleftheros Kosmos" attended. During his trial, the following came out in support of Plevris: Christos Pasalarisand Kostas Kolmer, Popular Orthodox Rally candidate Antonis Naxakis, Maria Tzanni, Spiros Zournatzis, Giorgos Shoinas, President of the Association of Greek-Arabic Civilization Giorgos Palmos, Basilis Protopappas, Popular Orthodox Rally candidates Giannis Sirrosand Giannis Tsilimigras, Maria Douraki, Giorgos Loentaritis, Popular Orthodox Rally member Panagiotis Doumas, and Vasilis Misiris. [ [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=712&Itemid=1 The Prosecutions of "Anti-Racists" Unite Nationalists, 10 September 2007] ] [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=721&Itemid=1 Rendezvous Again on 3 December, 15 September 2007] ]
December 13 2007the court found Plevris guilty of inciting racial hatred and handed him a a 14-month suspended sentence. His co-accused, the publisher, editor and a journalist of Eleftheros Kosmoswere found not guilty. Plevris condemned the verdict, stating that "Jews are trying to fight me with this trial so they can shut my mouth". [ [http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_100012_14/12/2007_91150 "Lawyer is sentenced for racism"] , "Kathimerini", 14 December 2007]
Counter-lawsuit over "Jews: The Whole Truth"
In response to publications of Eleftherotypia's "
Ios" which depicts "Jews: The Whole Truth" as a "Nazistic and anti-Semitic" book and Plevris as a "Nazi and Fascist", Plevris launched a libel suit against the newspaper for the sum of €1.2 million. All four journalists of "Ios" ( Dimitris Trimis, Tasos Kostopoulos, Aggeliki Psarra, and Dimitris Psarras), editor-in-chief Serafeim Fintanidis, and the paper's published, were sued for €200,000 euros each. The official court date has not yet been set. Plevris also sued Panagiotis Dimitrasof the Greek Helsinki Monitor for the sum of €200,000 as compensation for libel. The court date was set for 7 February 2008. In addition, Plevris counter-sued all seven executive members of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece for €200,000 each. The court date was set for 24 January 2008. [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=195&Itemid=0 Lawsuit Against "Ios" From Plevris, 1 April 2007] ] [ [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=289&Itemid=1 Plevris To Holy Synod: Take a Position on the Talmud, 29 April 2007] ]
As a result of the entire affair, Plevris wrote a book entitled "", which claims to detail the events, controversy, and circumstances of the last 15 months. [ [http://elkosmos.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=529&Itemid=0 The Adventure of a Book..., 9 July 2007] ]
*"Ο ΑΓΩΝ ΔΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑΝ – Η ΠΕΡΙΠΕΤΕΙΑ ΕΝΟΣ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΥ" ("The Struggle for the truth - the adventure of a book"). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2007.
*"Η ΤΗΛΕΟΡΑΣΙΣ" ("The television"). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2007.
*"Εβραίοι, όλη η Αλήθεια" ("Jews, all the truth"). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2006.
*"Η ΕΠΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΣ" ("The revolution"). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2006.
*"ΟΙ ΚΙΝΑΙΔΟΙ". Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2005.
*"21 Απριλιου 1967" ("21 April 1967", probably referring to
21 April 1967in Greek politics). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2003.
*"Αγια Σοφια: Εθνικόν Χρέος των Ελλήνων η Απελευθέρωσίς Της" (Agia Sofia: National duty of the Greeks its liberation"). Athens: Νεα Θεσις, 1997.
*"Βασιλεια". Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2004.
*"Ο Αξιωματικος και οι Νεοραγιαδες". Athens: Νεα Θεσις, 2002.
*"Ο Διωγμος των Αριστων". Athens: Νεα Θεσις, 1987.
*"Η Σημαια" ("The flag"). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2004.
*"θρησκευμα και Ταυτοτης: Πλήρης και στοιχειοθετημένη ανάλυσις του ζητήματος, δια την αναγραφήν του θρησκεύματος εις τας ταυτότητας" ("Religion and identity: Complete and fact-supported analysis of the issue, for the inclusion of religion in the identities", referring to the new Greek national identity cards which replaced the old national identity cards of Greece which included the religion of the cardholder in its data). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2004.
*"Ο Λαος Ξεχνα τι Σημαινει Αριστερα: κείμενα και φωτογραφίαι" ("The people forget what leftism means: texts and photographs"). Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2003.
*"Κοινωνιολογία" ("Sociology"). Athens: Νεα Θεσις, 1985.
*"Ο Καπιταλιστής: Ένα συνοπτικό σημείωμα για τον εκμεταλλευτή των ανθρώπων" ("The Capitalist: A summary note for the exploiter of the humans"). Athens: Νεα Θεσις, 1989.
*"Πας Μη Ελλην Βαρβαρος: Εννοιολογική παρουσίασις του δηλωτικου της Ελληνικης υπεροχης". Athens: Ηλεκτρον, 2003.
*"Ιωαννης Μεταξας (Βιογραφία)" ("Ioannis Metaxas (Biography)", referring to
Ioannis Metaxas). Athens: Κοκκινη Μηλια, 1975.
*"Τα Εικοσι Πρωτοκολλα της Προδοσιας" ("The twenty protocols of the treason"). Athens: Νεα Θεσις, 1995.
*"Ας Μιλησουμε Για Εβραιους!" ("Let us talk for Jews!") Athens: Νεα Θεσις, 1990.
*"Αντιδημοκράτης" ("Antidemocrat"). 1965.
*"Μετακομμουνισμός" ("Metacommunism"). 1967.
*"Πολιτική Προπαγάνδα" ("Political propaganda"). 1968.
*"Κοσμοθεωρία του Εθνικισμου". 1969
* [http://plevrisvideos.blogspot.com/ Constantine Plevris Video Archive]
* [http://homepages.pathfinder.gr/sfoulidis/plevris/index.htm Small Archive of "Istorikes Mnimes"]
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