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Greek Justice Minister Criticizes Court Decision to Keep Irianna in Jail

Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis criticized a decision by an Athens Appeals Court on Monday, to reject the application of 29-year-old Irianna and her 33-year-old co-defendant for their temporary release.
The PhD student; known only by her first name Irianna, asked to be released in order to complete her doctoral dissertation.
She was convicted last June of being a member of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire; an urban guerrilla group known for carrying out a series of letter bomb attacks.
A partial fingerprint was found on a gun clip discovered in an arms cache, but she denies having any involvement with the group.
After her appeal was quashed; her supporters, members of leftist groups, clashed with the police inside the court’s building, and threw chairs and bottles of water at the five-member parole board.

Supporters say that there is no hard evidence against Irianna and that the state institutions, including the courts, are punishing her for her leftist views.
In a statement, Justice Minister Kontonis, expressed his thinly disguised dissaproval of the ruling saying that the court “bears the burden of responsibility”.
He also appealed for “calm and restraint” by all.

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