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Minister wants suspects named

Justice Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis said yesterday that he is in favor of the names of people involved in «heinous» crimes being made public even before suspects stand trial. In a statement apparently prompted by the deadly attack on an Australian tourist on Santorini, Hatzigakis said that if suspects are charged or if they admit to the crime, they should be publicly named, contrary to the current law. The minister said that this should apply to especially «heinous» crimes such as «brutal murders, drug dealing, human trafficking, child pornography, the burning of forests, destruction of the environment and insulting important national or social interests – to the extent that it provokes public opinion.» Hatzigakis suggested earlier this year, after a large child pornography ring was broken up, that suspected pedophiles should be named even if they have not been