A probe was launched on Friday into an incident at the main prison in Trikala, central Greece, after an inmate attacked a guard with a razor blade, leaving him with neck injuries.
According to reports the inmate, a Greek national, lunged at the guard with the concealed weapon after the latter agreed to a meeting with the prisoner, who had asked to discuss a personal matter.
The guard’s injuries were said to be minor.
However, the incident has fueled concern about security at Greek prisons, coming just a couple of weeks after reports said that a guard was whipped by inmates at Attica’s Korydallos Prison.
The Justice Ministry said the prison officer in question denied that report, though he was allegedly advised not to file a complaint by other guards who had feared reprisals by other inmates.