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Greece: Forest arsonists to to face stiffer jail sentences, under planned law

The arson of forests will be changed from a misdemeanor to a crime, Justice Minister Kostas Tsiaras said in a tweet on Thursday, carrying sentences of over 3 years in jail.

“In the latest cabinet meeting, we proposed stricter penalties for commonly dangerous offences,” Tsiaras said on Twitter. “For the first time, the environmental destruction caused by arson of a forest will be explicitly described as a crime, and perpetrators will be punished by jail sentences.”