A Greek court on Saturday sentenced four Afghan asylum seekers to 10 years in prison for their involvement in a fire that destroyed the Moria refugee camp last year, in a case that illustrates the chronic refugee problem on Europe’s borders.
The court concluded that die four men were charged with arson and mortal danger at a campfire on the island of Lesvos last September after lawyers refused petitions to try three of them in juvenile justice for being 18 years old die Time.
Before the fire, Moria, Europe’s largest refugee camp, was a sprawling city with overcrowded tents and shelters, die were notorious for their poverty and poor living conditions.
The Greek authorities assume that die Camp residents deliberately started the fire after imposing quarantine measures after discovering cases of Covid-19 among refugees living there.
The fire displaced more than 12,000 people, die most of them refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, die had already made a dangerous voyage across the sea to escape for themselves, and die most of them are forced to sleep outdoors for days with no shelter and food or water.
None of the camp residents were killed by the fire.
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