Bills aimed at toughening penalties for willful arson will be considered by parliamentarians already on Friday, 6 July.
It is expected that four bills will be approved in the first reading in connection with the need to begin their application this summer. In the preliminary discussion, support for the adoption of amendments was expressed by the parliamentary committees of internal affairs and justice, as well as the leadership of the Department of Forestry, Fire and Police.
The chairman of the committee of internal affairs, Eleni Mavrou, noted that in addition to increasing fines for arson, the amendments envisage an increase in the terms of imprisonment. "In recent years, the number of fires has increased, and the circumstances under which they erupt, forcing us to toughen penalties," commented the Mavro initiative.
According to the proposals of the deputies, for deliberate arson will be a prison sentence of up to 20 years (at the moment - up to 14 years). Attempt of deliberate arson will result in a period of 14 years instead of 7 years under the current legislation.
For an unintentional arson, caused by inaccurate handling of fire, the punishment will also become tougher exactly twice. With the adoption of the law, the perpetrator will be obliged to pay a fine of 6 000 euros, not 3 000, and spend up to two years in jail.
Also, the amendment to the legislation on forestry protection provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to ten years and a fine of 50 000 euro (instead of five years and 25 000 euro, respectively). The amendment to the legislation on protection of agriculture will raise the term of imprisonment for arson of lands from three to ten years, as well as the fine from 5 000 to 20 000 euro.