Greece unable to send unwilling foreign prisoners home

Greece is unable to deport prisoners from other countries to their homelands because this requires the consent of the inmates, who are not willing to comply, Deputy Justice Minister Costas Karagounis told MPs on Thursday in response to a question about why detainees were not being sent home.

Karagounis said Greece had a number of bilateral agreements for inmates to serve their sentences in their homelands but the pacts had proved ineffective.

He added that Tirana had rebuffed several offers from Athens to construct a prison on Albanian soil at the cost of Greek taxpayers so Albanian inmates could serve their time there rather than in Greek jails.