There are now doubts about the previous account of what happened at the time, Der Spiegel reports in its online edition
In retirement of the articles on the 38 refugees from Syria, who were trapped on an islet on the Greek-Turkish border in Evros, it continued Der Spiegel.
The following note now appears in place of the related articles:
“At this point there was a publication about the fate of a group of refugees in the Greek-Turkish river Evros in the summer of 2022.
» There are now doubts about the previous account of what happened at that time. Therefore, we have temporarily removed several posts related to this topic from our site. We review our reports and, once the investigation is complete, decide whether or not to republish the articles in a corrected and updated form.”
The case had monopolized the political agenda in those days, with the Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis taking the matter all the way to the Supreme Court, filing evidence with inconsistencies that existed in relevant complaints related to the case.
The president of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, and also George Katrougalos, who, with his posts on his personal Twitter account, fully accepted the accusations against Greece regarding the dead child, but also how the 38 were found on Greek soil and were left helpless.
Finally, on September 15, its founder NGO Human Rights 360Epaminondas Farmakis had stated that “we mistakenly considered the islet in Evros where the 38 refugees were initially found to be Greek territory”, essentially apologizing, admitting that the islet in Evros was not Greek territory.
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