First Citizen Lawsuit for East Attica Fires Filed by Retired Navy Officer



The first lawsuit by a private citizen over the devastating fire in East Attica on July 23 was filed with the chief prosecutor of the Athens Appeals Court Antonios Liogas on Monday.

The plaintiff is retired Greek Navy officer Panagiotis Stamatis who asked that the plenum of appeals justices be convened so that the case can be assigned to an appeals-level magistrate, according to the Athens – Macedonian New Agency (AMNA).

In his lawsuit, Stamatis pressed charges against any and all persons responsible, including ministers, ministry staff, elected officials at the Attica regional authority and municipalities and others.

The plaintiff asked the courts to examine whether charges can be brought against them for serious criminal actions, including murder, causing fires, reckless endangerment, violations of building regulations resulting in deaths and dereliction of duty.

Among others, Stamatis noted that none of the officials in authority had given orders to residents or holiday makers for the evacuation of the towns of Neos Voutzas and Mati — unlike various foreign embassies that arranged for the mass sending of e-mails warning their nationals in the area — or for orderly evacuation to safe locations in the nearby military and municipal summer camps in Aghios Andreas.