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Athanasiou: No more penalties of imprisonment for debts to the State

Athanasiou: No more penalties of imprisonment for debts to the State

The government began the process to abolish the law, which predicted prosecution of debtors of the State proven economically weak.

As stated by the Minister of Justice, Charalambos Athanassiou, after an intervention on the issue by the member of New Democracy and former Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the relevant provision is already prepared in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and will be tabled in the Parliament. "I have prepared it for a long time, but the Finance Ministry is seeking the injunction in this case. We are in contact, in order to bring together other provisions..." he said.

The question raised in Parliament in the context of the discussion of the bill on sexual abuse of minors and child pornography by Pavlopoulos, who mentioned an "unlawful provision": "Greece in 2014, because of memorandum policies of the governments of Papandreou and Papakonstantinou, crimes are charged to poor people, who were unable to pay their debts... There is no other country in Europe and the whole world, where is "poor equals criminal". This equation is the bankruptcy of our legal culture". He also invited Athanassiou to expedite the filing, since it doesn't require a report of the General Accounting Office, because it doesn't create costs to the state budget.