Re­spond­ing to crime

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

los’s rel­a­tives, friends and col­leagues. The cost con­cerns the im­pact on his pro­fes­sion and so­ci­ety. Any lawyer deal­ing with crim­i­nal cases will from now on feel greater in­se­cu­rity and con­cern. The mes­sage, which is con­veyed both overtly and covertly, is that crime can oc­cur more and more eas­ily. Law­less­ness is grad­u­ally be­com­ing the norm. One should be care­ful about draw­ing any par­al­lels, but the signs could al­ready be seen in Greek so­ci­ety at large. The only fil­ter and bar­rier is the re­spect for, and abid­ance by, the law. And the fact is that Greece’s left­ist-led govern­ment has a prob­lem in this re­spect. Its at­ti­tude has ranged from in­dif­fer­ence to tol- er­a­tion. Mem­bers of the Rou­vikonas anti-es­tab­lish­ment group are left to op­er­ate unchecked. Sim­i­larly, au­thor­i­ties have taken no se­ri­ous steps to crack down on law­break­ing be­hav­ior in­side the coun­try’s uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing at­tacks on of­fi­cials who are try­ing to re­store or­der at the in­sti­tu­tions. But is there a con­nec­tion between the as­sas­si­na­tion and the spread of law­less­ness across the so­cial fab­ric? One could ar­gue in fa­vor or against this po­si­tion. What is cer­tain is that the at­mos­phere is be­com­ing more and more toxic. There is a grow­ing feel­ing that we are more and more ex­posed to crim­i­nal forces who are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the gen­eral im­punity.

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