Moria 6 – prosecution for the 2020 destruction of Moria camp

Moria Reception and Identification Centre (Moria camp) on Lesvos island was Europe’s largest refugee camp and the notorious symbol of the EU’s migration policies until it was destroyed by fires in September 2020. The dangerous and dehumanising living conditions of Moria camp, continuously denounced over the years including through Greece’s repeated condemnation by the European Court of Human Rights, led to the death of dozens of people and the exposure of thousands of others to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Rather than recognising the fires of Moria camp as an inevitable consequence of the “hotspot approach” ; following the destruction of Moria camp the Greek state arrested six young Afghan teenagers, namely, the “Moria 6”, and presented them as the sole criminally responsible for the fires. All six Afghans – five of whom were under eighteen years old at the time of their arrest – were arbitrarily arrested and declared guilty by the Greek authorities before their trials even took place, in full disregard of the fundamental principle of presumption of innocence. 

The Moria 6, who were represented in part by Legal Centre Lesvos’ lawyers, were found guilty despite the lack of any credible evidence of their guilt, in trials that violated their basic procedural rights. Below you will find further information on the prosecution of the Moria 6 and LCL’s work to defend their rights.

14/03/2024Press release, Appeal Trial For Four Defendants Of The Moria 6
06/02/2024Delayed Appeal Trial of the Moria 4 set for 4 March 2024
09/03/2023Update on the trials of the Moria 6: Justice delayed is justice denied
07/03/2023Video of Press Conference: Forensic Architecture/Forensis
06/03/2023Forensic Architecture/Forensis, Fire in Moria Camp
05/03/2023ELDH et al, Preliminary Report of the International Trial Observers
following the trial against four of the “Moria 6”
17/02/2023We Demand Justice and Freedom for the Moria 6!
07/06/2022Guilty verdict confirmed for the two children arrested following the Moria fire
02/06/2022Press Release: We demand justice and freedom for the Moria 6!
25/06/2021Statement from the defence lawyers: 4 ‘adults’ found guilty of Moria fires
09/03/2021 Justice for the Moria 6: 2 minors found guilty of Moria fires
15/20/2020Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN), Interactive Timeline on the Moria fire