CHANIA, Greece – Seven defendants facing a raft of charges in the deaths of at 30 residents at a nuring home on Crete – the owner, daughter, two doctors, three nurses and staff – are due to appear in court on Feb. 12.
They are accused of running a criminal organization but were not named although shown in photographs, nor was the nursing home identified other than reports it was in Chania on the island.
Other accusations were that the residents were abused, not fed, their clothes not cleaned, their homes robbed and forced to wear used diapers and that there were eight cases of attempted murder.
Other charges brought against the seven were fraud, forgery, issuing false medical certificates and breach of duty but there was no report why their families didn’t notice abuse nor why it took more than 12 years to bring charges, nor if the state or health officials had conducted inspections or why alleged abuse wasn’t noticed.
Police sources not named said the number of deaths from neglect will be even higher but said they are having difficulty compiling enough evidence to prosecute in those cases.
The case file states that the home allocated 55 cents a day for residents’ food, rarely meat or fruit, that milk was diluted with water, patients were forced fed to the point of some choking and others given leftover food or entrails given free by local suppliers.
Residents were rarely washed and their clothing rarely cleaned while towels and razors they used were shared, some were tied down to beds with leather straps and heavily sedated, the reports added.
Searches in the homes of the arrested found 105,000 euros ($120,078) in cash and jewelry police were said to believe were the proceeds of criminal activity.
No investigation began until April 2021 following complaints of lack of care, the report added.