The situation of Dimitris Koufontinas


10 February 2021
Question for written answer  E-000827/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Miguel Urbán Crespo (The Left)
 Subject: The situation of Dimitris Koufontinas


Greek prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas, convicted in the case of the 17 November Group, has been on hunger strike since 8 January 2021 in protest against his treatment by the Greek Government. Members of the current administration had already explicitly declared their intention to worsen his living conditions in prison (despite his impeccable conduct during 18 years in jail). The government also recently amended the Penal Code in order to remove him from the agricultural prison to which he had been transferred two years previously and deprive him of the right to temporary prison leave, which he had been entitled to for many years. He has now been transferred to a stricter prison, where he endures suffocating living conditions. Mr Koufontinas demands, as provided by law, to return to the basement cells of Korydallos prison, where he was held for 16 years, and for the war against him to end.

1. Is the Commission aware that the Greek Government’s actions constitute a breach of the law and a disregard for the Greek Ombudsman’s findings?

2. Is it aware that Mr Koufontinas is at serious risk of suffering irreversible harm or even death?

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