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Greek Prosecutor Wants Charges Dropped in Deadly Mati Fire

ATHENS – Appellate prosecutor Panagiotis Meidanis doesn’t want officials accused of a range of charges in July 23, 2018 wildfires that killed 102 people to be tried for felonies

He filed an appeal against the decision by the Athens Council of Criminal Procedure imposing criminal charges for the deadly fires, with most deaths in the seaside village of Mati.

The council unanimously decided to criminalize those responsible for the deadly fire in Mati, ruling that the investigation should be continued for five defendants, then senior Hellenic Fire Service officials, so that their charge is upgraded from misdemeanor to felony.

He disagreed and said that in order to upgrade the charge to a felony from a misdemeanor requires a competent prosecutor to act, said Kathimerini, but he didn’t explain why he wanted leniency for the accused.

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