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Prisons bill amendment seeks softer treatment of inmates’ partners, family

The government on Thursday submitted to Parliament an amendment to be tagged onto the bill foreseeing the scrapping of maximum-security prisons that would allow inmates’ partners or relatives who are deemed to be suspects to be held under house arrest rather than in custody.

The amendment says that this rule can apply in cases where it appears that the suspect in question has seemingly broken the law by “fulfilling their role as a partner or relative of another suspect or inmate.”

The amendment would pave the way for the release from custody of the girlfriend and mother of Gerasimos Tsakalos, a convicted member of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group.

The pair were arrested earlier this year.