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Court convicted refugees of Moria arson

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Half a year after the fire in the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, the Greek judiciary sentenced two young refugees to long prison terms for arson.

The two 17-year-old Afghans will have to go to prison for five years, the judiciary announced today. The two accused appealed. They were initially taken to a youth prison north of Athens.

At the beginning of September a fire raged in Camp Moria, the largest refugee camp in the Aegean Sea, and the camp was almost completely destroyed. The approximately 13,000 residents were later moved to another camp.

Following the fires, the Greek authorities arrested six young Afghans on suspicion of arson. Two of them have now been sentenced; four other suspects are still in custody. According to the NGO Legal Center of Lesbos, they are unaccompanied minors.