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After Young Mother’s Murder, Greece Plans Tougher Sentences

ATHENS – The shocking murder of a 20-year-old mother, asphyxiated in front of her 11-month-old child by a gang of three home invaders while her husband was tied up in another room has led the New Democracy government to propose longer prison times for violent offenders.

Justice Minister Konstantinos Tsiaras told SKAI TV that, “The issue has already been discussed among the members of the Criminal Code monitoring committee, and there is an intention to toughen sentences, especially for heinous crimes, sex crimes (and) all those that have received a lot of publicity lately,.”

He added that, “With the new legislation, anyone sentenced to life in prison will spend more years (incarcerated) than today,” he said, as life sentences in Greece are often shortened and aren't for life.

He said that the government, which came to power in 2019 with a vow that included being tougher on crime than the previous ruling Radical Left SYRIZA that reduced penalties even for sex crimes, will require those sentenced to life serve at least 20 years instead of 16.

A manhunt was said underway to find the gang that broke into the home in the Athens northern suburb of Glyka Nera and killed Caroline Crouch, a British-Filipino married to a Greek helicopter pilot.

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