Three prison guards were arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of an Albanian convict at Nigrita Prison, in Serres, northern Greece. More arrests were expected.
Earlier Tuesday, a prosecutor in Amfissa, central Greece, charged eight prison guards, all working at the same jail, with torturing to death 42-year-old Ilie Kareli accused of fatally stabbing a prison guard after being refused furlough to visit his critically ill mother.
Coroners found that Kareli died last week after a severe beating. They also noted signs he had been beaten on the soles of his feet — a form of torture that causes painful swelling — and electrocuted.
The Justice Ministry says Kareli was taken “for his own safety” to Nigrita, two days after the fatal stabbing in Malandrino Prison, central Greece.
Kareli was serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder, robbery and drugs. [Combined reports]