Top prosecutor says Ilia fire sentences should be upheld

Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Giorgos Bobolis has recommended that the country’s top judges uphold the sentences issued last year in connection with the fires in Ilia, in the western Peloponnese, in August 2007, which resulted in the deaths of 36 people.

Former Ilia prefect Charalambos Kafyras, former Zacharo Mayor Pantazis Chronopoulos, Palaiochori resident Sophia Nikolopoulou and Minthi forest ranger Panayotis Tsouras were handed 10-year sentences in connection to the fire.

The sentences can be bought out for 40,000 euros each.

Nikolopoulou, who allegedly started the fire through negligence, is under house arrest because of her advanced age.

She is 85.

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