|Wednesday, 22 January 2020|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-15
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Dispute over Measures against Organized CrimeThe political wrangling fuelled after the government's unveiling measures against organized crime and terrorism keeps going. The majority of the opposition parties (PASOK, KKE and SYRIZA) claimed that the new provisions make all citizens suspects, limiting their personal rights. LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) agreed with the measures, which the government said that they will contribute to the drive to combat crime, either deriving from criminals, like the gang that was recently broken up, or terrorists. The measures taken to curb corruption within the prison system after the breaking-up of the 16-member gang will be raised at a special sitting scheduled for coming Thursday.
The debate on the bill providing for the identification of mobile phone users kicked off in Parliament amidst reaction by the opposition parties. The bill includes two measures against crime. The measures included are amendments on the operation of camera and the creation of a DNA bank.
Transport Minister Evrupidis Stylianides stressed that the government is after reducing the implications the use of mobile phone can have on national security and crime.
PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) deputy Christos Papoutsis dismissed the measures as ineffective. Similarly, KKE (Greek Communist Party) and SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) said they pose a threat to personal rights. LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally), on the other hand, took a positive stand. The measure will take effect three months after the voting of the bill, so that mobile operators can have them time to makes changes in the software. The bill will be put to a vote on Wednesday.
In the meantime, 32 Socialist cadres filed an interpellation to the Ministers of Interior and Justice on the replacement of the EYP (National Intelligence Service) head, following the leak of conversations held among people accused of abducting shipping magnate Periklis Panagopoulos.
Source: NET, NET 105.8, ANA
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