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Greece to introduce strict penalties for racist crimes

Posted May 7, 2013 by Katerina Nikolas
The Greek government is mulling the introduction of new legislation which will introduce strict penalties for racist crimes and strip politicians involved in racist behaviour of their political immunity.
The Hellenic Parliament building in the capital of Greece.
The Hellenic Parliament building in the capital of Greece.
Gerard McGovern
Ekathimerini reported draft legislation has been prepared by Deputy Justice Minister Costas Karagounis and will be considered in Parliament. According to Proto Thema the bill provides criminal penalties for the denial or praise of war crimes, religious or racial discrimination, and incitement to violence.
Those found guilty of inciting racist violence, including in the media or on the Internet, will face prison sentences of between three and six years, and fines of up to €20,000.
Politicians engaging in racist behaviour will be stripped of political immunity and liable for prosecution. If a political party leader incites racial violence then the party will be stripped of state funds.
Last week the Racist Violence Recording Network said a total of 154 racist attacks were recorded in Greece during 2012. The figures do not include attacks against Greeks by foreigners or attacks against migrants by compatriots or migrants from other countries.
Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) reacted to the new proposed legislation by stating it is an overt and obvious panic to the sharp increase in popularity of the party, which is the "unique enemy of the regime."