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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-03

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  • [01] Bill against prison overcrowding, child sex abuse passed

  • [01] Bill against prison overcrowding, child sex abuse passed

    A justice ministry bill for relieving overcrowding in prisons and the protection of children from sexual abuse, also including an amendment setting the maximum allowable quantities for the more common illegal drugs that could be considered to be for personal use, was passed by Parliament on Wednesday.

    The justice ministry also accepted three amendments to articles proposed by main opposition PASOK and the Coalition of the Radical Left.

    Under the bill passed into law on Wednesday, maximum quantities that are considered to be for the holder's personal use, even if the person is a known addict, are 1.5 grammes of heroin and cocaine, 20 grammes unprocessed cannabis, and 2.5 grammes processed cannabis, including the packaging.

    Other changes were to the terms for the conditional release of inmates suffering from serious illness, with the measure now applying to those suffering from AIDS, chronic kidney failure requiring regular dialysis treatment, quadriplegics, those with drug-resistant tuberculosis, those with advanced liver cirrhosis and 67 percent disability, people over 80 suffering from senile dementia and those suffering from final-stage malignant tumours.

    Among the proposed amendments accepted was one that recognised the successful completion of a state-approved drug rehabilitation programme as a mitigating circumstance in the sentencing of drug users.

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