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Coronavirus: plenum approves govt bills increasing fines (Updated)

The House plenum on Friday approved three government bills doubling to €300 spot fines for those found to violate the movement restrictions and allowing some categories of convicts to serve the remainder of their prison sentence under house detention.

With 18 votes in favour and one against, the House plenum, in an extraordinary session, approved doubling spot fines on violations of the restrictions on movement, from €150 currently to €300.

They also passed one bill amending the Prisons Law allowing more categories of convicts to serve out the remainder of their sentence under house detention while wearing an ankle bracelet. The third bill concerned amending regulations on prisons to expand the convicts’ eligibility for the open prison so that more of them could benefit.

Justice Minister Giorgos Savvides said that the three bills were based on government decisions on measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Savvides thanked the political parties, the House President, the attorney-general and all those who worked on the preparation of bills and made their approval possible.

“The political forces united, supported the bills, demonstrating in practice the solidarity that prevails at critical times like the ones we live in today,” the minister said in a written statement.

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