Sunday December 21, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Prison reform bill passed by Parliament but not without a row

A debate in Parliament over a bill introducing reforms to the country's beleaguered prison system and particularly the creation of "type C" maximum-security cells prompted a terse confrontation between Public Order Minister Haralambos Athanasiou and leftist opposition SYRIZA.

The bill was voted into law with 52 yeas and 48 nays from the 100-member summer session of Parliament.

Earlier, however, tensions mounted when Athanasiou accused SYRIZA of grandstanding after it emerged that several family members of inmates standing accused of belonging to the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group had been allowed access to the House to watch the debate. The public order minister suggested that it was SYRIZA who obtained the passes for the relatives of the suspects.

"Your only purpose is to make an impression, without any content and without any respect for the relatives of the inmates," Athanasiou said, addressing the SYRIZA bench.

SYRIZA MP Thodoris Dritsas countered by saying that the public has every right to observe Parliamentary procedure, arguing that the relatives of the terrorism suspects wanted to know whether their visitation rights would be affected by the new legislation.

"You should be the guarantor of the right of the parents to sit in on the discussion of a bill that concerns them... what kind of democracy is this?" Dritsas said, addressing the minister.

The tone escalated further when Athanasiou went on to tacitly accuse SYRIZA of sympathizing with terrorists, charges the leftist MP dismissed as "vulgar."

"If terrorism has been wiped out decades ago in Italy, Germany and France it is because there even the leftist parties condemned it," Athanasiou said.

He also accused the leftist party of making assumptions about the proposed maximum security cells without having read the draft bill in detail, after SYRIZA suggested the government is trying to build a facility modeled on so-called "white cells," in which prisoners are kept under conditions of extreme duress.

"Anyone who knows anything about the 'white cells' that once existed in Germany and Turkey, also knows that they meant constant solitary confinement, no visitations or communications and constant pressure," said Athanasiou. "What does this have to do with establishing a level of security equal to that in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the Scandinavian countries, whose laws were factored into the drafting of the bill?"

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 (15:03)  
Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
Corfu to host country’s first hydroplane strip
Political upheaval sharpens after bribe claims with threats and insinuations
Agenda
MONDAY Listed companies Public Power Corporation, Texapret and Edrasi will hold general shareholders’ meetings. The Environment, Energy and Climate Change Ministry holds an event in Corinth,...
Workers rush to get early retirement
Nine out of 10 workers who retired in the last four months who had belonged to the former special funds of banks and state corporations that have now been incorporated in the Social Security...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Explosive Barca unfazed by Panathinaikos, bomb scare
Panathinaikos lost 80-67 at home to Barcelona on Friday in a rather meaningless game at the end of the first group stage of the Euroleague, but the encounter will be remembered for the bomb ...
SOCCER
Abidal cuts short playing career at Olympiakos
Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal announced his retirement from football on Friday, a day before his last match. Abidal said he will finish after playing for Olympiakos agains...
Inside Sports
INTERVIEW
‘Crisis of confidence will come back again and again,’ says Thomas Piketty
He’s treated like a rock star wherever he goes to lecture. His book “Capital in the 21st Century,” a study on income and wealth inequality from the 18th century to the present, recently tran...
COMMENTARY
Who lost Greece
If Greece collapses much will be said about where the fault lies. Sure, we all know the failings of Greek politicians. That said, much of the blame lies with outsiders who pushed Greece beyo...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Agenda
2. Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
3. Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
4. Corfu to host country’s first hydroplane strip
5. Political upheaval sharpens after bribe claims with threats and insinuations
6. Police gets new communications system
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
2. Who lost Greece
3. ‘Crisis of confidence will come back again and again,’ says Thomas Piketty
4. Snubbing the moderates
5. Agenda
6. Get your facts straight
Today
This Week
1. Samaras summons bond vigilantes with euro exit talk
2. A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici
3. Europe's drama in Greece needs final act to avoid tragedy
4. High stakes
5. On the edge but not gutless
6. Gap between SYRIZA and New Democracy closing, says poll
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.