EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 25/05/93
20 January 1993
Further information on EXTRA 03/93 (EUR 25/02/93, 6 January 1993) - Health
Concern/Prisoner of Conscience
Nikos Maziotis a conscientious objector who was imprisoned for refusing to
join the army and went on hunger-strike for more than six weeks has been released
Due to his poor health as a result of the hunger-strike, Nikos Maziotis' trial
did not take place on 12 January 1993 as scheduled. The court refused his
lawyer's request to release him on grounds of ill-health. However, based on
the advice of his doctors Nikos Maziotis was later granted exemption from call-up
for two years on grounds on ill-health. His release was finalized at a hearing
held on the morning of 18 January in Thessaloniki and he was released the same
day. Charges for desertion and insulting the Greek Armed Forces were not
dropped and Nikos remains at risk of being tried and imprisoned for these charges
at some time in the future. If he is imprisoned he will be considered a prisoner
of conscience by Amnesty International. Nikos Maziotis' health is said to
be poor although he is out of danger. It is not known whether he will suffer
lasting damage as a result of his hunger-strike.
No more appeals are required for the time being on behalf of Nikos Maziotis.
Many thanks to all those who sent appeals.