Man cleared for helping households get power back

The man who claims to have led the way in reconnecting people’s electricity after it had been cut off due to unpaid bills was cleared of wrongdoing by a court in Veria, northern Greece, on Thursday.

Nikos Aslanoglou led a group of citizens in the Macedonian city who reconnected homes to the power grid after they had been cut off by the Public Power Corporation.

Groups in other parts of Greece followed suit.

Aslanoglou appeared in court over a September 2011 connection, which he claimed was the first in Greece.

The misdemeanors court found him not guilty over reconnecting the home of an unemployed man as it deemed that access to electricity is a fundamental social right.

Aslanoglou said he would continue his activism.