Burned Victim of Greece’s 2018 Fires Wants Former Minister to Pay

ATHENS – A person who suffered multiple burns in the July, 2018 wildfires that scorched areas northeast of the capital, killed 104 people and devastated the seaside village of Mati said that a SYRIZA official then in power to be prosecuted.

He wasn’t identified but his lawyer Panagiotis Balaktaris  said his client also wants minutes of the trial over SYRIZA’s chaotic handling of the fire to be released and for former alternate minister of citizen protection Nikos Toskas, tried for false testimony. Balaktaris, in a written request, said Toskas denied giving operational orders but that former premier Alexis Tsipras had said the opposite, but neither have been charged and ministers and lawmakers have immunity unless lifted.

Balaktaris also said that Toskas testified that he did not know about the diversion of a Floga 1 helicopter, while the rest of the witness testimony said he did, bringing a contradiction that should be considered.

The prosecutor in the trial has asked for guilty verdicts for nine of the 21 defendants over the state’s failed efforts during the fire, SYRIZA not having a disaster response plan and Tsipras accepting only “political responsibility.”


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