Court sus­pends 10-year jail term on clean­ing lady for CV fib

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ATHENS: A Greek ap­peals court sus­pended a 10-year jail term im­posed on a cleaner whose con­vic­tion for ly­ing on her CV about fin­ish­ing pri­mary school trig­gered out­rage in the coun­try.

The 5 3 - y e a r - o l d woman worked at a pub­licly f unded nurs­ery for 15 years un­til a 2014 re­view re­vealed she had faked a cer­tifi­cate to say she had com­pleted all six years of pri­mary school.

The woman dropped out in the fifth grade, but doc­tored a school re­port to add an­other year.

That al­lowed her to work as a cleaner un­til the dis­crep­ancy was dis­cov­ered and she was fired.

The ap­peals court in the town of Larissa sus­pended the sen­tence on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds on Wed­nes­day, but the con­vic­tion it­self will still be ex­am­ined by the Supreme Court.

“The court . . . ac­cepted the pe­ti­tion for a sus­pen­sion,” Ge­orge Sinel­lis, the woman’s lawyer, told jour­nal­ists.

“That means (she) will to­day leave jail.”

I mple­menti n g a law on de­fraud­ing the pub­lic to the let­ter, the Greek first in­stance court ini­tially passed a 15-year jail term on the woman, then re­duced it to 10 years on ap­peal.

The case caused out­rage in Greece, where or­di­nary peo­ple com­plain about cor­rup­tion among the elite, con­victed ter­ror­ists al­lowed time out of j ail, and lighter sen­tences for much more se­ri­ous of­fences. – Reuters

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