As the search continued on Wednesday for two inmates who broke out of Attica’s high-security Korydallos prison late on Tuesday, the Justice Ministry said it had ordered a probe to determine whether prison staff should be held responsible for the escape.
The two men, Albanians aged 27 and 31, were both in pre-trial custody on charges of burglary and theft, and not convicts as initially reported.
They are believed to have used a makeshift tool to saw through the bars of the cell they shared and then a grappling hook and rope to scale the prison’s perimeter wall. Their absence was noticed at yesterday’s morning roll-call.
The ministry said it had called for security to be intensified at prisons over the holiday period.