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Injured detainee’s escape attempt thwarted

An Albanian national being held in a prison in Grevena, northern Greece, on drug-related charges — and who was beaten by compatriots, according to police — tried to escape from a hospital to which he was transferred for treatment.

On Thursday night, the Albanian man used a piece of metal broken off his hospital bed to smash a window which he crawled through, falling into a ditch in the ground below, sources said. Police guards and hospital staff managed to restrain him and returned him to the ward where he was to receive treatment for the additional injuries he sustained in the fall.

The man had been under police guard at the hospital for three days after suffering a beating at the hands of compatriots in his cell at the Grevena prison, authorities said. He had been transferred to Grevena from Attica’s high-security Korydallos Prison.