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New Democracy Bill Adds Three Years to Violent Crimes Sentences

ATHENS – In the wake of the savage, cold-blooded suffocation murder of a 20-year-old mother in front of her 11-month-old child in a home invasion, Greece's New Democracy government has prepared legislation requiring those conviced of serious crimes to stay in jail three years longer.

That's another step the administration of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has taken to get tougher on crime after the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA – whih has said nothing about the murder of Caroline Crouch – lessened jail time for even violent crimes as well as embezzlement and wanted to go easier on rape.

A bill prepared by the Justice Ministry will cover crimes such as homicides, robberies, rapes, sexual assaults as well as other serious crimes, said Kathimerini, adding that it doesn't increase sentences but the length of time convicted individuals will remain in prison.

The murder shocked Greece and set off a massive manhunt for three men who invaded her home, killing her after tying up her husband, 32-year-old helicopter pilot Charalambos Anagnostopoulos in another room.

He was able to free himself after they left and said he saw the face of one of them and was able to describe it to police, the paper said, the burglars getting away with 15,000 euros ($18,246) in cash and valuables.

Police were said to be looking at an Albanian-led foreign gang that uses gypsies and other foreigners and believed to have committed at least a dozen robberies, with a 30-year-old Georgian man to be questioned after trying to leave Greece at the Bulgarian border with a forged passport.

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