Four Afghan asylum seekers sentenced to 10 years in prison each for setting the Moria camp in Greece on fire

Moria refugee campPhoto: AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris
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Four Afghan asylum seekers have been sentenced to ten years in prison each in Greece for setting the Moria camp on Lesvos on fire in September last year.

The camp, which housed more than 10,000 people, burned to the ground in two fires.

The verdict was handed down in a Greek court on Saturday, the day after the trial began. The four were charged with arson that led to the danger of loss of life and membership in a criminal group.

The lawyers of the four asylum seekers pointed out that three of them were under 18 when they were arrested. However, they were not treated as minors by the prosecution.

Charges based on testimonies

The charges against them were mainly based on testimonies from other Afghan asylum seekers, who identified six young compatriots as being behind the fires.

Two Afghan asylum seekers have previously been found guilty of setting fire to the Moria camp. They were sentenced to five years in prison in March.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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