Greece denies plans to fund sex offenders
Athens - Greece has denied plans to give disability funding to sex offenders, pyromaniacs and compulsive thieves after a revised list of state-recognised disabilities sparked outrage in the cash-strapped country.
The labour ministry said the new list "solely concern medical evaluation, not the provision of social benefits".
The ministry rushed to clarify the issue after Labour Minister George Koutroumanis was derided in news report for giving "bonuses" to criminals.
The list released in Greece's official government gazette in November had included gamblers, pyromaniacs, kleptomaniacs, fetichists, flashers, voyeurs, paedophiles and sadomasochists among the mentally disabled.
Greece has already been accused by disability groups of slashing support funds to legitimate claimants under a cost-cutting drive to address the country's worst debt crisis in decades.
Government services have lately discovered massive wastage of public funds in payments made to bogus health claimants and pensions paid to long-dead pensioners.