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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-17

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Controversial bill allowing house arrest for disabled terrrorists passes Parliament

  • [01] Controversial bill allowing house arrest for disabled terrrorists passes Parliament

    ANA-MPA - A justice ministry draft bill abolishing high-security prisons was voted in the Parliament plenum on Friday night with the full support of ruling coalition parties Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) and Independent Greeks (ANEL), following a roll-call vote requested by main opposition New Democracy (ND).

    The bill contained five articles and two amendments. ND requested a roll-call vote for all sections, following controversy over a provision allowing convicts serving long sentences with heavy disabilities to stay under house arrest, wearing a special monitoring bracelet.

    ND and Potami voted down all articles and amendments; PASOK voted down all but one amendment, on which it declared "present", while Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) voted variously.

    The bill and its votes are broken down as follows:

    - Article 1 abolishes high-security prisons (For: 174, Against: 75)

    - Article 3 allows the release of all inmates over 75 years old sentenced to up to 10 years (For: 166, Against: 75, "Present": 8)

    - Article 6 allows Savvas Xiros (November 17 terrorist group) and lifers who have major disabilities (over 80 percent) to serve under house arrest, wearing the monitoring bracelet (For: 152, Against: 75, "Present": 22)

    - Article 9 relates to measures benefitting minors (For: 152, Against: 75, "Present": 22)

    - Article 12 foresees emergency measures to relieve overcrowding in jails (For: 152, Against: 89, "Present": 8)

    - Amendment #43 allows relatives of incarcerated terrorists, imprisoned over complicity as relatives, to serve their sentence under home arrest (For: 152, Against: 75, "Present": 22)

    - Amendment #46, which included improvements by the justice minister, abolishes the law forbidding the wearing of a hood or covering one's face during demonstrations, upholding it in cases of holdups and robberies. (For: 166, Against: 74, "Present": 9)


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