The Buzz | Greek court frees cleaner serving 10 years for forged papers

A court in the central Greek city of Larissa has ordered the temporary release from prison of a cleaner jailed for 10 years for forging an elementary school certificate to get her job.

The 53-year-old kindergarten cleaner’s lawyer said yesterday’s ruling will allow her to remain free pending a decision by Greece’s supreme court on her appeal against the conviction.

Her punishment was widely criticized as unduly strict, prompting the supreme court prosecutor to launch an investigation into the lower court’s decision.

The municipal employee quit elementary school after completing fifth grade. She obtained her civil service position having submitted a forged certificate that she had finished sixth grade — the minimum education requirement for state-employed cleaners.

She had initially been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, later reduced to 10.

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