Privacy of dodgers is protected

The names of men who have dodged their military service, including celebrities, will not be made public due to privacy laws, government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said yesterday. He insisted that the ruling conservatives were doing all that they could to stop prospective conscripts from avoiding their military commitments. The subject resurfaced last week after it was revealed that an army lieutenant colonel had been secretly filmed stealing draft documents that could later be used to excuse prospective conscripts from their military duties. The armed forces are re-examining some 28,000 cases of men who were excused on medical grounds between 1997 and 2004. Sources said yesterday that the outcome of their investigation should be known by the end of this month. Roussopoulos said yesterday that the Hellenic Data Protection Authority told the defense minister in April 2005 that it could not name draft dodgers. That ruling was later upheld by the Council of State.

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