An Athens court on Thursday acquitted former Attica governor Rena Dourou of criminal charges related to the 2017 flood that claimed 25 lives in Mandra, west of the capital.
The former SYRIZA official had been accused of dereliction of duty and manslaughter by negligence, among other charges. She was among 12 defendants who were cleared by the three-judge court, including the then mayors of Megara and Elefsina, and forestry, town planning and stream clearing services employees.
Another eight from the same services, as well as Mandra’s former mayor, were found guilty of manslaughter by negligence, but were acquitted of dereliction of duty. Sentencing for the eight will take place on June 23.
“My unjust persecution was used in the regional as well as in the national elections with the spread of fake news and an attempted character assassination,” Dourou said after her acquittal.