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CCTV at Greece’s main prison not monitored properly, admit guards

A representative of the prison guards at Greece’s main prison in Korydallos, southwestern Athens, said that there is no proper monitoring of CCTV at the jail after Sunday’s Kathimerini published images showing an inmate climbing out of a window at night to collect something from the prison yard and then returning to his cell.

Speaking to Skai TV on Monday, the head of the prison guards union Marios Oikonomakis said there was no control room from which CCTV cameras were monitored and that the prison lacked state of the art security methods and personnel.

The Justice Ministry ordered an investigation after Kathimerini published the CCTV images, which suggested that prisoners could collect drugs and weapons thrown into the yard from outside.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis last week to discuss stepping at security at Greece’s prison after 11 inmates broke out of Trikala jail.