Defense lawyers condemned the convictions of four young Afghan asylum seekers on Saturday who were found guilty in a fire in Camp Moria on Lesbos in September 2020.
“The authorities are going to put the hat of Moriah Campfire disaster on these young asylum seekers!” », In the Chios court, Natasha Dailiani was outraged. She was one of the lawyers of four Afghans who had just been sentenced to ten years in prison on Saturday, June 12. “Arson that endangers human life “with “Destruction of private property”.
On September 8 and 9, 2020, two consecutive fires destroyed Moria, the largest immigration camp in Europe. At that time, the camp could accommodate nearly 13,000 people, four times its capacity. No victims were killed in the fire, but thousands of refugees were left homeless and were trapped in parts of the island by police to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
A few days later, Afghan asylum seekers were arrested by the police on suspicion of arson in protest of the quarantine of certain people who tested positive for Covid-19. September 15 Twitter, Greek Immigration Minister Notis Mitarachi even stated before the court’s decision: “The arsonist from the Moria camp is being held. »
For defense lawyers, “It is obvious that the defendant’s crime was determined even before the trial. The minister at the time ignored the basic principle of the presumption of innocence. ».
Defense lawyers have indicated that they will appeal the court’s ruling. “We will see under what circumstances will be tried in the Court of Appeal, and if necessary, we will go to the European Court of Justice for a fair trial!”, One of the immigration lawyers Vicky Aggelidou explained.