Greek authorities have charged 20 people with negligence in connection with the country’s deadliest wildfire in decades, which killed 100 and devastated the seaside town of Mati near Athens last year.
Court officials say the suspects include the greater Athens regional authority chief, Rena Dourou, the mayors of Mati and Rafina, the former head of civil protection, fire service and police officials.
Among the 20 charged Tuesday was a 65-year-old resident of Daou on Penteli Mountain, who had allegedly been burning garden waste on open ground from which the fire started.
The charges include manslaughter, causing grievous bodily harm through negligence and arson through negligence. The charges refer to misdemeanor crimes and they carry a maximum five-year prison sentence.
The wildfire broke out on July 23, and quickly swept through Mati to the sea. Majority of the 100 victims were burned to death, others died in the hospitals.