Halt to ap­peal of Manolada rul­ing

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The gov­ern­ment’s re­quest for the re­view of a Euro­pean court rul­ing or­der­ing Greece to pay some 600,000 eu­ros in dam­ages for fail­ing to pro­tect 42 mi­grant straw­berry pick­ers who were shot at by their fore­man in Manolada in the Pelo­pon­nese in 2013, will be re­voked, ac­cord­ing to the State Le­gal Coun­cil.

After the gov­ern­ment’s ap­peal fu­elled con­tro­versy, a coun­cil of­fi­cial told Kathimerini that it would be with­drawn “fol­low­ing more de­tailed con­sid­er­a­tion.” Later in the day, it emerged that Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stavros Kon­to­nis gave the order for the turn­around.

In its rul­ing in March, the Coun­cil of Europe’s Court of Hu­man Rights deemed that the Bangladeshi work­ers had been vic­tims of forced la­bor and that the Greek state had failed to pro­tect them. Kon­to­nis had noted that left­ist SYRIZA, then in op­po­si­tion, had pointed to the in­jus­tices suf­fered by the mi­grant work­ers, but had been ig­nored.

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