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Urgent measures for the lives of the prisoners

12 November 2008 / 14:11:08  GRReporter
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The hunger strike of the prisoners continues. They want the condition in the prisons to be improved with medical and hospital services, education and art studies, elimination of under-age prisons, application of the temporary detain and punishment of the prisons staff, who use force on the prisoners. During its second sitting with the general secretary of the Justice Ministry, Konstantinos Gletzos, The Central Prisons Science Council (CPSC) made an offer packet, which was shown to minister Hatzidakis. It included:


-          A possible money disbursal for the freedom restriction, which was enforced for a maximum period of five years.

-          Small crime prisoners to be released after serving 1/5 of their punishment in a two year sentence, and 1/3 of their punishment in a sentence bigger than two years.

-          The ones sentenced for drug possession to be released after serving 3/5 from their punishment with the exception of those sentenced for drug distribution.

-          The upper limit for temporary arrest to be limited to 12 months, and not 18 as it is now, with the exception of the crimes, which require a 20 year or life imprisonment. In those cases the term for temporary arrest can be increased with another 6 months.

-          The prisoner’s leave to be increased with one more day (from five to six), except for the two days given for travel. This way the yearly leave of the prisoners will be increased from 36 to 48 days.

-          To be provided in the Law that prisoners who are blind, suffering from chronic kidney insufficiency, and tuberculosis can be released.


Justice Minister, Sotiris Hatzidakis thanked the CPSC members for their research regarding the arrest and imprisonment of the prisoners and said that he will do his best to grant their requests. Right away, he gave an order for the European directive 757/2004 to be included in the bill of the Forensic Medicine service, which sets the up-to-date frame for drug punishment.

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