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Greek Lawyer Wished Fires Would Spread, Derail Government

ATHENS – A Greek attorney not named is being investigated by the Athens Court of First Instance after posing social media messages that she was praying and using  voodoo so that the northern Attica suburbs of “Ekali and Kastri are also destroyed by the fires,” because “this is the only way this useless government will fall.” 

She wasn't named but Kathimerini said a probe will determine whether a criminal offense had been committed such as incitement and whether any potential charges would be brought as a felony or misdemeanor.

She has also been referred to the disciplinary council of the Athens Bar Association but it wasn't said whether any action would be taken there against her for messages that came as firefighters were battling hundreds of blazes across the country, including north of the capital that had been later brought under control.

It wasn't indicated what her party affiliation was at the same time she wanted the downfall of the New Democracy government. Fires on July 23, 2018 when the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA was in power killed 102 people, that government blamed for not having a disaster plan and failure to respond quickly. 

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