Pylos 9: Prosecution Following The Deadly 2023 Pylos Shipwreck

On 14 June 2023, it is estimated that over 600 people drowned in one of the deadliest shipwrecks in recent history, when the fishing boat ‘Adriana’ carrying approximately 700 migrants attempting to reach Europe from Libya capsized about 80 km from the Greek port city of Pylos. Only 104 men survived the shipwreck and all women and children on board – many of whom were trapped inside the lower decks of the ship – lost their lives. 

In the aftermath of this tragedy, Greek authorities rushed to blame a handful of survivors of the shipwreck themselves, specifically nine men of Egyptian nationality. Evidence from survivors and civil society, however, implicate the Greek Coast Guard authorities and Frontex, who were aware of and monitored the distress situation of the Adriana ship for almost an entire day but did not carry out a rescue operation. Furthermore, testimonies from survivors indicate that the ship capsized after being towed by a Greek coastguard vessel. In line with our work fighting unfair and systematic criminalisation of migrants in Greece, LCL lawyers, Vicky Aggelidou and Natasha Dailiani – in collaboration with other lawyers – took on the legal representation of two of the nine defendants, charged with (a) membership in a criminal organisation, (b) transporting as boat drivers, citizens of third countries from abroad to Greece, who do not have the right to enter Greek territory, with danger for human life, causing deaths (c) intentionally causing a shipwreck with danger to for human life and with fatal result and (d) unauthorised entry to Greek territory. Below you will find further information on the prosecution of the Pylos 9 and LCL’s work to defend their rights.

24 May 2024 Defense LawyersStatement by the Defense Lawyers of the Nine Survivors of the Pylos Shipwreck Who Were Acquitted
21 May 2024Legal Centre LesvosThe Nine Accused of the Pylos Shipwreck Acquitted Based on the Lack of Jurisdiction of Greek Courts
10 April 2024Human Rights Legal Project Samos & LCLCall for International Trial Observers
4 April 2024Legal Centre LesvosPylos 9 Trial Date Scheduled on 21 May 2024 in Kalamata, Greece
1 February 2024 Legal Centre LesvosClosure of the Pylos 9 Investigation and Rejection
of Requests for Additional Crucial Evidence
15 December 2023 #FreePylos9 Campaign Free the Imprisoned Survivors Who Have
Been Scapegoated for the Pylos Massacre
27 November 2023 Legal Centre LesvosFive Months After the Pylos Shipwreck, the Hellenic Coastguard Refuses to Conduct its Own Internal Investigation
16 October 2023Legal Centre LesvosLCL Lawyers Take Over the Defence of 2 Survivors
Accused of the Adriana Shipwreck
20 June 2023Campaign for the Access to Asylum Pylos Shipwreck: Joint Statement by the
Campaign for the Access to Asylum