Justice ministry mulling changes to deportation legislation

Justice Minister Miltiades Papaioannou on Monday announced a special working team that will study and process changes to legislation governing deportation orders issued by Greek courts.
The nine-member team of legal and law enforcement experts will examine the existing legislation and seek ways to overcome the obstacles that arise when courts seek to deport foreign nationals that are in the country illegally, especially when there are pending criminal proceedings or outstanding court sentences against them.
The ministry cited cases were foreign nationals might be deported but cannot because there are outstanding charges or sentences against them for entering the country illegally. In such a case, they have to remain imprisoned in Greece, further burdening the already overcrowded prison system.
The team of experts is due to complete its work and present its findings by October 15.

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