Let the slow death of Savas Ksiros stop
Let the appeal for ceasing his penalty be accepted so that he may be treated in hospital
Athens, 30th November 2010
Savas Ksiros has appealed to the Magistrate’s Court of Piraeus asking for the cessation of his penalty, so that he may be treated in the ACHEPA Hospital of Thessaloniki, which accepts to treat him. He pleads a number of doctors’ opinions (in their majority from public hospitals), as well as the decision published on 9th September 2010 by the European Court of Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights condemned Greece for “inhuman behaviour” in violation of article 3 in the Human Rights declaration.
The evidence of the doctors’ records included in the appeal creates the image of a prisoner condemned to slow death:
a) Total blindness on one eye and minimal sight on the other, which is also at risk of blindness.
b) Vein deficiency and its effect on the limbs, which creates the risk of mutilation.
c) Hearing problems with the risk of total loss of hearing.
d) Neurological and blood vessel problems.
e) Chronic asthma.
f) 67% disability established by the Qualified State Committee.
Bearing in mind all the above problems, the European Court of Human Rights charges the Magistrate’s Court of Piraeus that it deliberately adopted only one of the four doctors’ records, so as to reject the previous appeal for ceasing the penalty (the other three doctors, two of whom forensic surgeons, had expressed the opinion that only in a specialized hospital under constant care and treatment would there be a hope of stopping the continuous deterioration of Savas Ksiros’ health).
In fact, the European Court of Human Rights condemned the Greek state for it applies on Savas Ksiros revengeful methods of detention, refusing to give him the opportunity of having the multiple health problems he faces treated. They judged that “his being accepted to a specialized medical centre for the period demanded by the nature of his medical treatment could prove crucial for the improvement of his health”.
The doctors’ opinions show that particularly his eye situation continually deteriorates. Thanks to the cruelty of the Greek state he has total blindness on one eye and the other is at risk of losing sight too. Unless there is immediate treatment in a specialized hospital, the situation will become irretrievable.
The enforced stay in prison of a man with the problems of Savas Ksiros is in itself inhuman behaviour. It could only be explained as a means of revenge on the part of the Greek state to a prisoner of “special nature”.
Savas Ksiros must be immediately released from prison.
As a first step his appeal to have his penalty ceased should be accepted so that he may be treated in the state hospital that accepts him.
Any delay in satisfying this appeal will mean the continuation of a crime.
Action for Liberty