The crew member who apparently pushed Kariotis into the water was charged with manslaughter with possible malice. The other two crew members on the deck have been charged with complicity in manslaughter. The captain has been charged with dangerous interference with maritime traffic, a felony. Prime Minister Mitsotakis posted on Facebook of his “disgust and horror at the unimaginable end” of Kariotis. “The mind can’t comprehend it, an inconceivable tragedy,” Mitsotakis wrote, saying the “shameful event does not represent the country we want.” He pledged that all measures would be taken to ensure justice and accountability. Greek Shipping and Island Policy Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis ordered an investigation of the handling of the incident by the Port Authority of Piraeus. The ramp should have been up before the ferry’s engines were started, according to sources in the Port Authority, but as Kariotis was entering the ramp, the X video shows turbulence indicating engine operation. Minister Varvitsiotis said Kariotis had a ticket for the ferry, but for some reason he had left the ship and was then barred from reboarding. Monday, Varvitsiotis was forced to resign due to backlash stemming from comments he made on the incident that were interpreted by some as expressions of sympathy for the ferry crew, Reuters said. Varvitsiotis apologized, maintaining his remarks had been misinterpreted. Protest rallies were held at Blue Horizon’s home port of Iraklio, Crete, where a departure of the ferry was delayed five hours. There also were protests Kariotis’ home of Agios Nikolaos. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Βίντεο σοκ: Το πλήρωμα έσπρωξε από το Blue Horizon στον θάνατο τον 36χρονο που σκοτώθηκε στο λιμάνι Πειραιά pic.twitter.com/FdzFTliZLg— kakajason (@kakajason50) September 5, 2023