Four convicted over 2007 blazes that killed 37 people
Four people were handed 10-year jail sentences yesterday after being convicted in connection to the fires that broke out in Ilia, in the western Peloponnese, in August 2007 and killed 37 people. Former Ilia Prefect Charalambos Kafyras, ex-Zacharo Mayor Pantazis Chronopoulos, Palaiochori resident Sophia Nikolopoulou and Minthi forest ranger Panayotis Tsouras were all found guilty. Their sentences can be bought off. The former fire service chief at Krestaina, Nikos Michalopoulos, was acquitted.