Six residents from the village of Idomeni on the Greek border, including the community’s president Xanthoula Soupli, on Wednesday filed a legal suit against Alternate Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas for failing to protect the village from problems created by the informal refugee camp set up nearby.
Among others, they claim a “complete absence of state control” for which they hold Toskas primarily responsible, due to his failure to take decisions to tackle the problems that have arisen and for allowing the area to descend into a state “where everyone does as they please, without being accountable to anyone.”
In their complaint, the six residents said there were daily incidents of vandalism to houses in the village and public infrastructure, with refugees entering homes unchecked and damaging property, while the refugees and migrants faced dangers to their own health or even their life, lacking any help from the appropriate state services.
Their suit lists a series of criminal offences that they consider have been committed, such as failure to avert public danger, dangerous public harm, disturbing the peace, violation of measures to protect public health and others.
Source: ANA MPA