NGOs decry charges against volunteers in Greece

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DOHA (Al Jazeera): Police accusations carrying prison sentences of up to ten years in jail against volunteer lifeguards who rescue refugees have angered the NGO community in the Greek island of Lesbos, with some reporting a growing crackdown on their activities. On Thursday, the Greek coast guard arrested two Danish and three Spanish volunteers from the Team Humanity and Proem Aid groups, respectively. They are accused of people smuggling, the Danish citizens’ lawyer Themistoklis Kefalas confirmed to Al Jazeera. Late on Saturday, the five volunteers who all deny the charges were released on bail. The group will appear in court soon, though a date is not yet set.

TNS

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