The legal stranglehold tightens over the accountability those responsible for the wreck of Sea Diamond, even with six years delay. Specifically:

  • The postponed criminal trial of the accused for the singing of Sea Diamond began on Tuesday 19/3 at Piraeus. Read more.
  • According to information, next month, also at Piraeus, the lawsuit of the Municipality of Thira against the company and the insurance organization P & I Club will be discussed. The lawsuit for the moral damages will also be discussed at Piraeus. Read more.
  • In January 2013, the Institute of Marine Conservation “Archipelagos” in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection, Faculty of Law, of the University of Yale, Connecticut, USA, brought a charge of Community Law infringement to the European Commission against the Greek Government. Their official position is expected soon. Read more.
  • The State Council, on May 15, will discussed, the action of local residents and local environmental entities of Santorini Island against the Greek Government.

Petroleum, oil sludge, lubricants, motor oils, chemicals, waste, hazardous waste and sediment, toxic paints, asbestos materials, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in transformers and extinguishing and cooling devices, heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and other hazardous elements (International Convention for Recycling of Ships), “call” to those responsible for the immediate hauling of the abandoned waste and its transportation to a ship recycling facility (scrap yard).

All the governments (Karamanlis, Papandreou, Papademou, Samara) since 2007 when K/Z Sea Diamond was sunk until today have only given promises for the hauling of the wreck. Watch the video.

The legal stranglehold tightens around the political parties of promises and their government, which was long ago obliged to assume its responsibilities. Now it must ask for forgiveness from the people of Santorini, not only with words, but by taking quick and substantive measures. At the same time, the Government must make sure that the polluter will pay- who profited from the rich insurance rate- and not the Greek Public Sector.

Special thanks to Captain Nikos Plakas for the collection of useful information about the topic.