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Greece's judicial system has several preparatory stages and the compilation of charges does not necessarily mean that the individuals will face trial.

Greek prosecutors charged 20 people, including a regional governor and two local mayors, over a wildfire that killed 100 people in the seaside town of Mati and nearby areas last July, a judicial source said on Tuesday.

Most of the victims couldn’t escape from a maze of poorly planned streets in Greece’s worst wildfire disaster. Authorities were accused of a slow response and lack of coordination in rescue operations.

The charges include involuntary manslaughter and causing bodily harm due to neglect, the source said. Prosecutors have drafted a 292-page report that details “a series of mistakes” in handling the disaster.

The accused include Rena Dourou, the governor of Attica region, which includes Mati; Elias Psinakis, mayor of Marathon; and Evangelos Bournous, mayor of Rafina and Pikermi, all towns in the region. The accused have denied any wrongdoing.

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On This Day

March 22
  • 1930: Prisoners in Greece went on strike demanding better food.
  • 1949: Communists blew up the power station of Xylokastro but were slain by national forces.
  • 1983: In a letter to the Police, an organisation called "Anti-terrorist Struggle" assumed responsibility for the murder of publisher Tzortzis Athanasiadis.
  • 1997: Vouliagmeni won the European Cup-winners Cup in water polo by defeating Roma 7-6.
  • Deaths: Odysseus Angelis, general, member of the junta (1987)
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