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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-12-22

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Tsipras: Bill on civil unions for same-sex couples ends period of backwardness for Greece
  • [02] Amendment tabled to allow use of evidence collected through illegal means in financial crimes cases

  • [01] Tsipras: Bill on civil unions for same-sex couples ends period of backwardness for Greece

    The vote on the extension of civil partnerships to same-sex couples closes a period of backwardness and shame for the Greek state, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday evening, during a debate in parliament on the draft bill which will be concluded tonight with roll call vote.

    "With the legalization of civil partnership for same-sex couples closes a cycle of backwardness and shame for the Greek state, of denial and marginalization of a large part of our fellow citizens, who were not allowed to live together with their partner and enjoying basic rights and which led the Greece to convictions by the European Court of Human Rights," Tsipras said in his short address to lawmakers.

    The premier said this day is "not befitting celebrations but of an apology" to the people who until now lacked human rights enjoyed by other citizens in countries with advanced legal systems, and in particular on the right "to stand on an equal footing to human suffering before the law."

    He also admitted the law is long overdue, even in terms of his government's brief term. "This bill should have passed years ago, and maybe even months ago, as far as our government is concerned."

    [02] Amendment tabled to allow use of evidence collected through illegal means in financial crimes cases

    An amendment that will allow the use of evidence obtained through criminal offenses in cases of serious corruption or other economic crimes was added by Alternate Minister for Corruption Issues Dimitris Papangelopoulos in a draft bill which will extend civil partnerships to same-sex couples, and which is being discussed in parliament on Monday.

    According to the explanatory report accompanying the amendment, a court will be able to use evidence that was hitherto prevented from using due to Article 177 of Greece's penal code. The amendment will affect cases which fall under the jurisdiction of the Financial and Corruption Crimes Prosecutors.

    Introducing the amendment, Papangelopoulos said it is entirely consistent with the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court and that it will widen the investigation of very important cases by the relevant prosecutors.


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