x

Politics

Greek Parliament OK’s Tougher Sentences for Serious Crimes

November 12, 2021

ATHENS – More than two years after taking office after promising to crack down on crime, Greece’s New Democracy government will bring longer sentences for serious crimes.

The measures were passed by the Parliament the government controls with a majority, all 157 of the Conservatives in the 300-member house supporting it, facing being booted by Prime Minister Kyriakis Mitsotakis if they didn’t.

They also got a vote from center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) lawmaker Andreas Loverdos but the other 21 members of the party voted present so they didn’t have to take a stand and all other parties opposed the measures.

The bill imposes tougher penalties for serious crimes such as rape or sexual abuse of minors, which now carry a life sentence without alternatives, while longer sentences were brought for those convicted of starting a forest fire if someone is killed.

The bill also introduces measures designed to increase the protection of vulnerable social groups and crack down on sex offenders, such as extending the statute of limitation and the way they are prosecuted in order to bring Greek law in line with European conventions protecting the rights of victims, the paper said.

 

RELATED

ROME — Italians were voting on Sunday in an election that could move the country's politics sharply toward the right during a critical time for Europe, with war in Ukraine fueling skyrocketing energy bills and testing the West's resolve to stand united against Russian aggression.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Mitsotakis at UN Calls on Turkey to Scale Down Rhetoric

UNITED NATIONS – The European Union's response to authoritarianism and a threat to democracy, Turkey's escalating aggression, and the threat of climate change were the focus of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' brief address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Friday night (Athens time).

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.