All five extradition requests from Italy were rejected by Greek courts

All five extradition requests from Italy were rejected by Greek courts

Athens, January 11, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

In the last 5 days, three courts (the same court, the Council of Appeals, but with different composition for each ruling) decided against the extradition of Greek citizens  that were accused by Italian authorities for damages and looting during a demonstration in May 2015 and for squatting a building in Milan. The 5 students and workers participated in a demonstration and were arrested one day later in an occupied building. The Italian authorities released them and they  were free to travel to Greece, but later five european warrants were  issued against them requesting their extradition. According to the greek law, any extradition request must be ruled by a special court,  the  Council of Appeals.  For the five requests, there were three rulings, the first two on Friday and the third today. All three of them decided against the extradition.

According to the Italian law, if they were to be extradited, they could be sentenced  to 8-15 years of imprisonment. In  Greece their offences are considered misdemeanors and the sentences, in case the accused were found guilty, would be  much lighter.