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Video confirms fears about lax security at Greece’s prisons

A video from a security camera of Attica’s maximum-security Korydallos Prison that shows an inmate jumping out of his cell window, collecting a package dropped into the prison yard by accomplices on the outside and returning to his cell unnoticed by guards has confirmed fears about increasingly lax security in the country’s jails.

According to sources, the late-night sortie is one in a series of escapades undertaken by inmates at Korydallos. Inmates are believed to have smuggled spare parts for weapons as well as drugs into the facility after using metal files to cut through their cell bars. Detainees use a mixture of sourdough and yeast to stick the cell bars back together, the sources said.

Searches conducted on prison cells once the content of the video became known turned up only the breechblock of a gun, Kathimerini understands, though the subsequent interrogation of inmates led to the discovery of a gun – believed to have been constructed from spare parts – as well as two hand grenades. The evidence of weapons being smuggled into Korydallos comes amid a spike in escapes and attempted breakouts, including the escape last week of 11 inmates from Trikala Prison in central Greece following an attack against guards involving grenades and automatic weapons.