Korydallos Prison video, convict escapes prompt tougher measures

The Justice Ministry is expected to introduce tighter security at Greece’s prisons following Kathimerini’s recent publication of stills from a video showing an inmate climbing in and out of his cell window at Korydallos Prison, near Piraeus, and the escape of 11 inmates earlier in March from a facility in Trikala, central Greece.

The Justice Ministry ordered an investigation into the Korydallos footage, which suggested that inmates can collect drugs and weapons thrown into the prison yard from outside.

Meanwhile, police said on Monday that a second gunman who was among a group of robbers that held up a taverna near Thebes on Friday and killed a 25-year-old motorist while shooting at police pursuing them, was also one of the 11 convicts who escaped from Trikala Prison. They had identified the first of the gunmen on Sunday as Albanian national Marko Kola.

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