Two teenage refugees have been imprisoned for five years after being found guilty of starting a fire which led to the destruction of the notoriously squalid and overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The two Afghan youths were found guilty of arson by a court on the island, accused of helping to set fire to the sprawling facility, which was largely destroyed by two consecutive blazes in September . The camp, which had an official capacity of less than 3,000 but was home to 13,000 asylum seekers, had to be abandoned. The fires left thousands of people sleeping on the streets for several days until a new tent encampment could be built. The youths were 17-year-old unaccompanied minors at the time of the fire but have since turned 18. Four other young men face trial on similar charges. All are from the persecuted Hazara community of Afghanistan. The convictions were denounced as a miscarriage of justice by Legal Centre Lesvos, a local organisation that gives legal support to refugees and migrants. It said that the defendants had been identified by two police officers. An officer testified that one of the defendants was "tiny and short" but… Read full this story
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