The threshold of the special Appellate investigator is expected to cross today both the Inspector of the OSE, Dimitris Nikolaou, and the two Station Masters of Larissa who were on the afternoon shift on February 28, as they have been charged with serious charges, corresponding to those he is facing and the 59-year-old Station Master of the night shift, Vassilis Samaras.
Although more than fifteen days have passed since the fateful night of February 28, little has been known about their line of defense, while the station master of the shift, Vassilis Samaras, has hinted to the judicial authorities that the responsibilities reach higher levels from his own, perpendicular to the organizational chart of the OSE.
In any case, however, the three defendants, who will face the Justice today, are accused of disturbing the safety of transportation, in the degree of a felony, with a prescribed penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment. The same heavy indictment also includes charges of serial negligent homicide, as well as bodily harm. According to information, the three involved in the case are expected to request a deadline to apologize, so that their lawyers have time to prepare properly, while the OSE Inspector has already been put on holiday, having secured a 30-day sick leave, the day after tragedy of Tempe.
As for the two afternoon Stationmasters of Larissa, they are checked in turn, as they allegedly left their jobs earlier than planned, even though they should have accompanied the fatal Stationmaster until 11 in the evening of February 28.
At the same time, the Warden of the shift, Vassilis Samaras, remains almost isolated in the prisons of Larissa, as according to information broadcast by the Star television station, his wife and lawyers, the only people he has seen all these days, are visiting him, while he himself prefers not to come into contact with other prisoners, in order not to discuss the tragic accident in Tempe with anyone.
In this perspective, the Stationmaster of Larissa refuses to court, while those who have seen him every day, describe how he is taciturn, asks only for the necessary things and does not watch any television. Instead, he has requested and has at his disposal, a radio. In fact, the image conveyed by his few interlocutors is that of a man who seems lost in his thoughts, as if he has not yet realized what has happened. On the part of the prison management, it has been chosen to house him in a cell, generally quiet, where he resides with inmates who have not committed serious crimes, in order not to make himself the target of possible attacks.
At the same time, information broadcast by the Mega TV station, wants the OSE Inspector, Dimitris Nikolaou, to have convened on January 25, a service meeting between the 14 station masters, on issues related to their responsibilities. Given this, the OSE Inspector is expected to claim today that at this meeting, none of his colleagues voiced any complaints or conveyed anything negative to him about the remanded stationmaster, even though several later claimed that they had pointed out its inadequacy from time to time.
At the same time, the OSE Inspector, who requested and received a month's sick leave the day after the tragic accident, having been put on holiday for this reason, is estimated to "show" the 59-year-old Station Master as the central figure in the train accident in Tempi, highlighting his mishandlings. In other words, according to information, the OSE Inspector is expected to claim that the Larissa Station Master had declared himself ready to take on any position, even if he lacked digital skills and familiarity with electronic services.
Safari for data
At the same time, however, the deviating behavior of the OSE staff is documented by a wide range of evidence available to the judicial authorities. The evidence includes official documents, such as the book in which staff shifts were declared at Larissa Station, videos, photos and audio data, to the February 28 night shift sheet that was "updated" with correction fluid by the afternoon station masters and is now being processed in the forensic laboratories of ELAS, as reported by ERT.
Continuation of psychological support
In the meantime, reliving moments from the fateful night of February 28 in the courtrooms is one more of the psychological difficulties that victims' relatives have to deal with from now on. For these reasons, the psychological support of the injured, the relatives of the victims and those on board the train in Tempi, under the supervision of the Deputy Minister of Health, Zoi Rapti, continues.
Psychological support is provided by the Free National Psychosocial Support Line 10306:
· with the creation of special option 3, for the support of specialized personnel in the management of mass disasters and bereavement,
· with the additional staffing of the Line with Mental Health professionals
· and with the possibility of immediate, within 24 hours, live (via Skype) psychological support by appointment from specialized Mental Health staff.
They can also receive psychological support from the network of Mental Health clinics and units throughout the country, which was created for this purpose by order of the Deputy Minister of Health, while the possibility of psychological support is also provided to the families of the victims at their place of residence, from a specialist Mental Health staff, until today in Trikala, Karditsa, Kozani, Grevena, Volos, Thessaloniki, Larissa and Athens, with the prospect of expansion, as long as there is a need.
To date, the officers of Line 10306 have spoken with 222 passengers and injured, as well as 45 victims' families, of which 20 passengers and 4 victims' families in Athens, as well as 4 passengers in Thessaloniki, are supported live (via skype). It should be noted that Line 10306 receives about 35 calls a day for support from passengers, relatives of victims, but also friends, and fellow students, with an average conversation time, per call, of 20 minutes.
Source: First Topic