Criminal complaint to Supreme Court Prosecutor calling for the investigation of 147 cases of illegal, violent, racist pushback or deportation of 7000+ foreigners in March-December 2020

GREEK HELSINKI MONITOR (GHM)
P.O.Box 60820, 15304 Glyka Nera, Tel. 2103472259 Fax: 2106018760
emailpanayotedimitras@gmail.com 
websitehttps://greekhelsinki.wordpress.com

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Mr Vasilis Pliotas

Prosecutor of the Supreme Court   

4 May 2021

Criminal complaint calling for the investigation of 147 cases of illegal, violent, racist pushback or deportation of 7000+ foreigners in March-December 2020

Mr Prosecutor

Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), in the framework of its project  Racist Crimes Watch, has recorded 147 incidents of illegal, violent, racist pushback (at sea) or deportation (from the islands or from the mainland) during the period March – December 2020 with more than 7000 foreign victims. The recording was made mainly on the basis of published material from media and NGOs. All this has been collected on the website of Racist Crimes Watch and on the Youtube channel. Below is the recording of incidents with hyperlinks to web pages and to videos. 

With this complaint we request the criminal investigation of the 147 incidents of illegal, violent, racist pushback (at sea) or deportation (from the islands or from the mainland). The result of the investigation will be included in the reports submitted and in the briefings carried out regularly by GHM to the competent bodies of the UN, the Council of Europe and the EU, to which the present complaint will be copied after translation.

We request the exclusion of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Athens Naval Court from the judicial investigation due to the denial of justice and bias with which he handled the previous “Criminal complaint for serial illegal pushbacks of foreigners March – July 2020” that we submitted to you on 27 August 2020. You gave it protocol number 6878/2020. You forwarded it to the Athens Prosecutor’s Office on 31 August 2020, which simply forwarded it to the Athens Naval Court Prosecutor’s Office on 18 September 2020. The latter, as they informed us, did not conduct any preliminary examination but simply correlated it with a case file for 1 of the 32 events (denial of justice). Besides, he archived this case file, as well as another one, indiscriminately adopting the positions given to him by the defendant Hellenic Coast Guard without taking any other testimonies (bias).

The pushbacks have exposed and dragged Greece through the mud internationally for more than a year. We request the Prosecutor of the Supreme Court to take the necessary steps to ensure their effective, independent and substantive investigation, which will restore the prestige of the rule of law in the country.

Pushbacks [March – December 2020] – Hyperlinks to web pages videos

  1. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Kos 02/03/2020 – 46 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Kos 2-3-2020 (video bbc)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Kos 2-3-2020 (video euronews)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Symi 23/03/2020 – 31 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea 26/03/2020 – 21 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Farmakonisi 27/03/2020 – 10 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Rhodes 29/03/2020 – 18 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Diavata 31/03/2020 – 40 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea 31/03/2020 – 39 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 01/04/2020 – 25 or 26 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea 01/04/2020 – 40 persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea 04/04/2020 – 15 persons
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea 11/04/2020 – 35 persons
  11. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 14/4/2020 – 76 persons
  12. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Diavata 16/04/2020 – 50 persons
  13. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Diavata 17/4/2020 – 50 persons
  14. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 18/4/2020 – 40 persons
  15. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Diavata 23/04/2020 – 22 persons
  16. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 23/4/2020 (1) – 16-20 persons
  17. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 23/4/2020 (2) – 30-40 persons
  18. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Drama 23/4/2020 – 22 persons
  19. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 25/04/2020 – 70 persons
  20. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 26/4/2020 – 36-50 persons
  21. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 27/4/2020– 36 persons
  22. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 28/04/2020 – 22 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 28-4-2020 (video)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Diavata 28/04/2020 – 30 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 29/04/2020 – 48 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in 29-4-2020 (video)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 29/04/2020 – 51 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Chios 30/04/2020 – 10-15 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 3/5/2020 – 60 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 6/5/2020 – 70 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 7/5/2020 – 5 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea 10/05/2020 – 24 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 13/05/2020 – 26 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 13-5-2020 (video)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 14/5/2020 – 30 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Imoumenitsa 16/5/2020 – 120 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 25/5/2020 – 9 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea 23/05/2020 έως 25/05/2020 – 101 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 28/05/2020 – 59 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 2/6/2020 – 85 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 3/6/2020 – 32 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 04/06/2020 – 31 persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 4/6/2020 – 35 persons
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 05/06/2020 – 19 persons
  11. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 05/06/2020 – 36 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 5-6-2020 (video) (1)
  12. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 6/6/2020 – 35 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 6/6/2020 (video)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 7/6/2020 – 31 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 13/06/2020 – 36 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 17/06/2020 – 70 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 19/06/2020 – 35 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 20/6/2020 – 60 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Alexandroupolis 21/6/2020 – 80-90 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 22/06/2020 – 30 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Orestiada 2/7/2020 50-55 – persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Drama 5/7/2020 – 120 persons
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 11/07/2020 – 40 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 11-7-2020 (video 1)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 11-7-2020 (video 2)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 11-7-2020 (video 3)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 11-7-2020 (video 4)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 18/7/2020 – 68 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 20/7/2020 – 20 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 22/7/2020 – 140 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Rhodes 23,24/07/2020 – 120 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Police in Rhodes 23,24-7-2020 (video 1)
    Pushback by Hellenic Police in Rhodes 23,24-7-2020 (video 2)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Chios 27/07/2020 – 25 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Rhodes 27/7/2020 – 25 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Imoumenitsa 28/07/2020 – 40 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 1/8/2020 – unknown number of persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 9/8/2020 – 35 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Rhodes 11/8/2020 – 57 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 11/8/2020 – 57 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Symi 13/8/2020 – 83 persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 14/8/2020 – 50 persons
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 – 32 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 1)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 2)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 3)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 4)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 5)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 6)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 7)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 9)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 15/8/2020 (video 10)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 16/8/2020 (1) – 125 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 16/8/2020 (2) – 17 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 16/8/2020 (2) (video)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 19/8/2020 – 41 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 19/8/2020 (1) – 34 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 19/8/2020 – 13 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 24/8/2020 – 44 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Kos 24/8/2020 – 18 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 24/8/2020 – 55 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 26/8/2020 – 41 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 27/8/2020 – 80 persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 28/8/2020 – 3 persons
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Thessaloniki 29/8/2020 – 102 persons
  11. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Alexandroupolis 2/9/2020 – 120 persons
  12. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Thessaloniki 4/9/2020 – 110 persons
  13. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Alexandroupolis 6/9/2020 – 80 persons
  14. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 8/9/2020 – 18 persons
  15. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 9/9/2020 – 120 persons
  16. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 10/9/2020 – 30 persons
  17. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Lesbos 12/9/2020 – 37 persons
  18. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 12/9/2020 – 25 persons
  19. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 13/9/2020 – 11 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 13/9/2020 (video 0)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 13/9/2020 (video 1)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 13/9/2020 (video 2)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 13/9/2020 (video 3)
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 13/9/2020 (video 4)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 15/9/2020 – 90 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 16/9/2020 – 100 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 18/9/2020 – 80-90 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Thessaloniki 21/9/2020 – 70 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Orestiada 26/9/2020– 55 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 30/9/2020 – 30 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 4/10/2020 – 5 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Thessaloniki 4/10/2020 – 52 persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 6/10/2020 – 12 persons
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Chios 10/10/2020 – 24 persons
  11. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 10/10/2020 – unknown number of persons
  12. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Didymoteicho 12/10/2020 – 15 persons
  13. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 13/10/2020 – 60 persons
  14. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 16/10/2020 – 100 persons
  15. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 18/10/2020 – 19 persons
  16. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 18/10/2020 – 59 persons
  17. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 18/10/2020 – 80 persons
  18. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Crete 21/10/2020 – 127 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Crete 21/10/2020 (video)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Euboea 27/10/2020 – 36 persons
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 27/10/2020 – 80 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Rhodes 30/10/2020 – 19 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 30/10/2020 – 200 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 1/11/2020 – 40 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 3/11/2020 – 65 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 8/11/2020 – 150 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 9/11/2020 – 60-70 persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Milos 9/11/2020 – 60-70 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Milos 9/11/2020 (video)
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 10/11/2020 – 30 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 10/11/2020 (video)
  1. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 8,10/11/2020 – 70 persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 8,10/11/2020 (video)
  2. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 11/11/2020 – 35 persons
  3. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 12/11/2020 – 60 persons
  4. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 13/11/2020 – 50 persons
  5. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 13/11/2020 – 35 persons
  6. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 14/11/2020 – 90 persons
  7. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 24/11/2020 – 27 persons
  8. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Chios 24/11/2020 – 33 persons
  9. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 28/11/2020 – 100+ persons
  10. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Andros 28/11/2020 – 36 persons
  11. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 29/11/2020 – 18 persons
  12. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 3/12/2020 – 40 persons
  13. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard and Hellenic Police in Lesbos 3/12/2020 – 30 persons
  14. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard and Hellenic Police in Kalymnos 5/12/2020 – 31 persons
  15. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 8/12/2020 – 23 persons
  16. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 11/12/2020 – 17 persons
  17. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 11/12/2020 – 100 persons
  18. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Evros 13/12/2020 – unknown number of persons
  19. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Orestiada 15/12/2020 – 80 persons
  20. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Leros 15/12/2020 – 27 persons
  21. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Chios 18/12/2020 – 34 persons
  22. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Chios 18/12/2020 (1) – 26 persons
  23. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Chios 18/12/2020 (2) – 33 persons
  24. Pushback by Hellenic Police in Orestiada 20/12/2020 – 70 persons
  25. Pushback by Hellenic Police and Army in Evros 21/12/2020 – 55 persons
  26. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Samos 22/12/2020 – unknown number of persons
  27. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Symi 22/12/2020 – 10 persons
  28. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 23/12/2020 – 30 persons
  29. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 24/12/2020 – unknown number of persons
    Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 24/12/2020 (video)
  30. Pushback by Hellenic Coast Guard in Lesbos 24/12/2020 – 21 persons

Sincerely yours,

Panayote Dimitras
GHM Spokesperson

Greek original available here

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