Greece: Imprisonment of conscientious objectors: Vasilis Naoum, Georgios Smyris, Thanasis Palaiologos
On 23 January 1995, conscientious objector Vasilis Naoum was sentenced by the Military Court to two years' imprisonment for refusing to perform military service. Georgios Smyris and Thanasis Palaiologos received the same sentence on 2 and 27 March 1995 respectively. The three men are currently serving their sentences in Sindos Military Prison. As Jehovah's Witnesses they are opposed to performing any kind of military service, and in Greece there is no alternative civilian service. Amnesty International considers these three men and all other imprisoned conscientious objectors in Greece to be prisoners of conscience and is calling for their immediate and unconditional release.