Former fire chief to face trial for 2018 Mani fire

The former Greek fire chief will face trial at the end of the holidays for his alleged attempt to hide inconvenient facts about putting out a fire in Mati (East Attica) in the summer of 2018, which resulted in 102 casualties.

Vasilis Mattaiopoulos was charged with dereliction of duty and coercing subordinates to give false testimony, as well as other crimes, after filing a complaint about his response to the judicial investigation of actions in connection with the fire, as a result of which 102 people died and more than 32 people were seriously injured …

Mattiopoulos became a defendant in a complaint filed by Athens prosecutor-appointed expert Dimitris Liotsos to investigate possible malpractice in the extinguishing of a fire in the town of Mati in eastern Attica.

In the lawsuit, Lyotsos claims he was pressured by Mattaiopoulos to hide evidence pointing to the multiple setbacks of the fire department in response to a fire that began on the slopes of Mount Parnitha and quickly spread to the seaside resort.

The trial, which was postponed today, is expected to take place after the end of the holidays.

Vasilis Mattaiopoulos was charged with dereliction of duty and coercing subordinates to give false testimony, as well as other crimes, after filing a complaint about his response to the judicial investigation of actions in connection with the fire, as a result of which 102 people died and more than 32 people were seriously injured … …



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