No changes to furlough law

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The gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day re­jected an amend­ment brought to Par­lia­ment by New Democ­racy aimed at scrap­ping a law passed in 2015 which al­lows cer­tain pris­on­ers con­victed of se­ri­ous felonies to be granted fur­loughs.

The ini­tia­tive to scrap the so-called Paraskevopou­los Law came after con­victed hit­man Dim­itris Koufo­d­i­nas, a hit­man of the Novem­ber 17 ur­ban ter­ror group, was con­tro­ver­sially granted a two-day furlough last week.

ND said the law has proven to be “a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to pub­lic safety,” cit­ing an­other N17 con­vict who es­caped while on furlough. But Fi­nance Min­is­ter Eu­clid Tsakalo­tos re­jected the claim, say­ing a coun­try’s cul­ture “de­pends on how it treats pris­on­ers.”

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