Council of State Delayed by Bomb Hoax and Adjourned Without Voting on TV Tender



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The long-awaited session of the Council of State on Friday convened to examine the legality of a law covering the broadcast television license framework following the government’s decision to decrease the number of national broadcasters to four. The session of Greece’s highest administrative court was interrupted due to a bomb scare.

The session had already been postponed, followed by the resignation of two judges. This time, however, there were delays when two anonymous callers that telephoned separate newspapers in Athens on Friday morning to warn of a bomb at the central Athens court where the session would be held.

The session finally ended at 3 p.m. after an hour-long pause following the bomb hoax. The Council of State finally adjourned without voting on the TV license tender.

It adjourned an in-camera session to discuss cases against the television licenses’ tender brought by existing Greek television channels without reaching a decision. There was no vote at the first stage of deliberations as to whether the television channels have a legal interest and, by extension, whether their cases can be admitted.

A date for the next session will be set by the court president Nikolaos Sakellariou.