ATHENS – With violence on the increase, including the murder of a businessman police said was the victim of a gang released from prison, statistics show a law passed by the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA has led to 12,000 criminals being let out of jail early.
The party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is riddled with anarchist and terrorist sympathizers and those who don’t people kept in jail, including violent criminals such as murderers and anti-establishment groups bent on bringing down the government.
Data from the Justice Ministry revealed how many have been let out during SYRIZA’s near 3 3 ½ -year reign and as critics said the government has condoned and even encouraged violence in a bid to restore Leftist credentials after reneging on anti-austerity promises and surrendering to international Capitalist creditors and banks.
The law, introduced in 2015 by the previous justice minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, has been ridiculed by rival parties who said it’s the reason for the spike in violence and other crimes, including rampages by the Rouvikonas anarchist group one SYRIZA lawmaker praised as an activist political group and not as criminals.
Critics said the released criminals are going back to what they know, more crimes and violence. Even after several amendments to the law, some 430-450 prisoners leave prison early every month, many of whom have been convicted of heinous crimes such as robbery and aggravated theft or involvement in drug cases, said Kathimerini.
In 2017 alone, 4,027 criminals were granted early release, including 320 inmates with robbery convictions, 1,137 jailed for theft, and 698 serving drug-related sentences.
The union of Greece’s prosecutors had warned in 2015 that the law “was tantamount to an annulment of the court rulings.”